Starting later this month, Darby English—director of the research and academic program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., since last spring—will take on a consulting curatorial role at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He will bring to the museum his expertise in work by black artists, and will collaborate mainly with curators in the painting and sculpture departments.

In a press release, English said that his "conversations with MoMA's staff and trustees have left [him] deeply impressed by the museum's commitment to address this area reflectively and responsibly."

Before joining the Clark, English taught modern and contemporary art and cultural studies at the University of Chicago for 10 years. His book How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness, about the limitations of understanding work by black artists through a lens of "blackness," was published by MIT Press in 2007. English is currently working on 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.