It’s proving difficult to keep a curator of antiquities at the Getty for more than a few years it seems. The post was previously held by Marion True until 2007 when she ran afoul with the governments of both Italy and Greece for allegedly purchasing stolen pieces (you’ll recall that her legal issues finally ended late last year, after which she was finally able to tell her side of the story). Her replacement, long-time Getty employee Karol Wight, has now announced her departure, though for decidedly less international-prosecution reasons. Wight will take over as director of The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, which describes itself as “the world’s foremost museum dedicated to the art, history, and science of glass.” It’s a remarkably good fit, given that Wight is not only an expert of antiquities, but on works of glass in particular. She will take over at Corning come mid-August and meanwhile, the Getty will likely be scrambling to find a replacement for not just Wight’s important position there, but also a director as well, following Michael Brand‘s departure last year. Add the arrival of new president and chief executive, James Cuno, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting year for the Getty.
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