Revolving Door: The Met’s Thomas Campbell Announces His First Approved Senior Staff Appointments

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Elsewhere in New York, all eyes in the museum business are on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the new guy at the head of the ship, Thomas “Tapestry Tom” Campbell, finally had the first round of his cabinet appointments approved by the museum’s board. They include Carrie Rebora Barratt who, in addition to having a name with vowels to spare in it, will be taking over as associate director for collections and administration, as well as forming a new new-media department, and Sheila Canby, who is leaving the British Museum to head up all things Islamic art. All the other swaps and replacements are detailed here in brief, over at the NY Times. For a full reading on all of this shiny top brass, head over to the Met’s press room for full releases on all of them. Here’s Campbell statement about the new hires:

“I am extremely pleased to announce these appointments,” Mr. Campbell said, “all of whom bring profound experience, outstanding creativity and judgment, and the respect of their colleagues to their new responsibilities. Working together with our strong Board and management, and with our superb staff, Carrie Rebora Barratt, Keith Christiansen, Sheila R. Canby, and Peggy Fogelman will play key roles in furthering the Museum’s goals of upholding the institution’s excellence and vibrancy, and of constantly enriching our visitors’ engagement with art.”

He continued, “Despite the challenging times in which we live, this extraordinary and encyclopedic museum maintains all of its power to awe and inspire, to teach and to enlighten. We are charged with preserving these strengths and building on them for the next generations. I look forward to the exciting teamwork ahead, as I welcome these four top professionals into their new positions and as we continue to work together to further our mission into the next decades of the 21st century.”