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Adam D. Weinberg Appointed Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art


The Board of Trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art on August 8, 2003 announced the appointment of Adam D. Weinberg as Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, effective October 1, 2003.

"We know Mr. Weinberg well from his eight years at the Whitney," said Robert J. Hurst, President of the Board of Trustees. "He brings a managerial skill set, curatorial background and an inspiring, warm and collaborative leadership style ideal for guiding the Whitney into the future."

"Mr. Weinberg brings exceptional professional and personal qualities to his new role as Director of the Whitney," said Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "He is a distinguished art historian with a great passion for American art as well as a truly remarkable record of accomplishment, both during his tenure here and throughout his career. We are deeply pleased that he is returning to the Whitney, and I know he will lead the Museum with his unique combination of enthusiasm, scholarship, and insight."

Mr. Weinberg returns to the Whitney from the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he has served as the Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director since 1999. At the Addison, he set the institutional vision for one of the country's leading museums of American art, building the collection, developing the exhibition program, and overseeing the museum's publications and artist-in-residence program. Mr. Weinberg produced long-range strategic plans, raised endowment funds and oversaw management, fundraising, budget and public relations for the museum, in close collaboration with the Board of Governors of the Addison and the Trustees of the Academy.

"It is a profound honor to be appointed as the Whitney's director," said Mr. Weinberg. "I have a deep appreciation for the Whitney's special character, its unwavering commitment to artists, and its extraordinary collection. I admire the Museum's great history and progressive vision, and believe passionately in its unique public mission. I eagerly look forward to working with the Whitney's remarkable staff and Board."

While at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Mr. Weinberg organized numerous exhibitions, cultivated many gifts for the collection, oversaw the acquisitions and loan process, and guided the Trustee Committee on Collections, in addition to planning international programs related to the collection. He was appointed Senior Curator and Curator of the Permanent Collection in 1998. His earlier experience with the Whitney also included serving as director of the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable Center from 1989 to 1990.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Weinberg was Artistic and Program Director of the American Center in Paris. Throughout the 1980s, he worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, as Director of School and Community Programs, Director of Education, and Assistant Curator.

Mr. Weinberg is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Minetta Brook Foundation; a member of the National Council of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY; and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Mr. Weinberg is married to Lorraine Ferguson, a graphic designer, and they have two daughters.


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