Katonah Museum Director to Become Chief Curator at Jewish Museum
November 15, 2017 The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) announced today that Executive Director, Darsie Alexander, will step down from her role to assume the position of Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, starting in the spring of 2018.
During her tenure, Alexander focused on advancing the artistic program with new artists’ commissions and exhibitions ranging from the popular The Nest (2016) to the current pairing of Nick Cave and Arman in Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave (through January 7, 2018). While at the Museum she continued to build upon local partnerships and provide accessible programs for the community, a hallmark of the recently-completed strategic plan The Forward Edge. A salon-styled series on museum leadership, public interviews with major figures in the art and design worlds, and international trips grew the visibility and popularity of KMA programs.
“The Katonah Museum of Art is a better institution in every way thanks to Darsie’s leadership for the past three and a half years,” says Deborah Mullin, President of the Board of Trustees at The Katonah Museum of Art. “Our audience has benefited from Darsie's creative curatorial sensibility, and the Museum itself operates more smoothly, effectively, and purposefully than ever before. We will miss Darsie’s infectious enthusiasm, and wish her well on her career journey.”
Alexander came to the KMA from the Walker Art Center, where she organized the nationally-touring exhibition, International Pop. A search for her replacement will begin immediately.