Parrish Art Museum Names New Director

Barbara Merkley

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, a veteran curator from Mexico, will be the new director of the Parrish Artwork Museum in Water Mill, N.Y., the museum introduced Wednesday.

Ramírez-Montagut, the director of the Wide Artwork Museum at Michigan State University, fills the leadership situation left vacant in December when Kelly Taxter declared her departure right after significantly less than a calendar year in the part.

“This is a aspiration occur true,” Ramírez-Montagut explained in an interview, incorporating that she strategies on deepening the museum’s programming “through a a lot more numerous lens whilst simultaneously leveraging the arts to provide our instant communities by means of exhibitions that interact social justice.”

Ramírez-Montagut is recognized for get the job done like a major retrospective of the architect Zaha Hadid in 2006 that she served organize while she was an assistant curator at the Guggenheim Museum (from 2005-08). She also curated a traveling clearly show in 2019 that integrated artworks inspired by the stories of females incarcerated in Louisiana’s prison program.

“She has heat and administration knowledge,” Alexandra Stanton, a lawyer and co-chair of the Parrish board, stated in an interview, including, “She is as fully commited to stewarding the museum alone as she is to serving our communities.”

Regional establishments like the Parrish, a champion of Lengthy Island artists, have struggled to recruit and retain talent amid the coronavirus pandemic, as people have come to count on their museums to act a lot more like community centers, with a bigger emphasis on community programming and representation. Above the previous pair of yrs, the Parrish Museum has attempted to make inroads with the rising doing work-class Latino inhabitants in Suffolk County, property to its modern 34,400-square-foot facility, situated on 14 acres.

The museum also has a longstanding romance with the Organización Latino-Americana (OLA), a group fully commited to advertising the welfare of Latino and Hispanic folks on Very long Island’s East Conclusion. Later on this thirty day period, the museum will companion with the nonprofit on a Latin dance party, and in September will collaborate on the OLA Film Pageant. New exhibitions are spotlighting contributions from Black artists like Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Torkwase Dyson and Hank Willis Thomas. The museum also expects to diversify its board presently, 14 of its 16 customers are white. Just one board member of shade is staying appointed before long, and two or 3 extra individuals of shade are predicted to be named to the board about the summer months.

Variations at the Parrish appear as the Hamptons arts scene has expanded. As trip houses turned full-time residences throughout the pandemic, blue-chip galleries from Manhattan established outposts. And even as some of their rich customers returned to Manhattan, individuals galleries have stayed and developed summer months courses that have been drawing crowds, reported Eric Firestone, a gallerist.

Firestone, who opened his namesake East Hampton gallery in 2010, mentioned that around the last two a long time, the quantity of galleries in city has grown to about 15 from about 6.

So it was surprising past year when Taxter departed. She declined to remark this week on the circumstances of her resignation, but pointed out in a text concept that the museum installed a new board management team soon after she remaining. “I desire anyone the most effective as they shift forward,” she wrote.

Ramírez-Montagut commences July 8, and her very first day will be just ahead of the summer season gala, a main fund-raiser for the museum, which this yr is celebrating its 125th anniversary. It is also the 10th anniversary of its creating, developed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. (Tickets for this year’s get together begin at $1,500 and go as higher as $100,000 for groups of 12.)

The new director is also hunting forward to assembly the key stakeholders of the Parrish Museum’s upcoming.

The attendees are part of the “strategy to make our visitors and associates really feel welcome in the museum,” Ramírez-Montagut reported. “We want to get back the institutional ability we had before Covid.”

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