New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will add two curatorial positions thanks to a gift from museum chairman Daniel Brodsky and his wife, Estrellita B. Brodsky. The two new roles, one dedicated to Latin American art and the other for architecture and design, will be in the department of modern and contemporary art.
The positions have been created as the Met prepares to take over the Whitney Museum of American Art's Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue (the Whitney is relocating to the Meatpacking District in 2015). The additional space will mainly be used by the Met's modern and contemporary department, and the new curators will work closely with department head Sheena Wagstaff to prepare for the museum's expansion.
Calling the development of the Madison Avenue location "a challenge and inspiration for our curators," Met director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell promised in a press release that the newly expanded department would provide "the public with a global representation of the art of our time, set within the context of the Met's unparalleled encyclopedic collection."
The full titles for the positions will be the Estrellita B. Brodsky curator of Latin American art (which will specialize in the art of 20th- and 21st-century Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America) and the Daniel Brodsky associate curator of architecture and design.