Revolving Door: Witte de With, New Orleans Museum of Art

  • Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (pictured) will start 2012 with a new director. The Rotterdam-based institution has just appointed Defne Ayas to the head job, which has been held since 2006 by Nicolaus Schafhausen (Witte de With caps directorships at six years). Born in Istanbul, Ayas heads to Rotterdam from New York, where she has served as a curator of Performa since 2004, and from Shanghai, where she has acted as a co-founding director of Arthub Asia since 2007. Ayas has also spent the past five years on the faculty of New York University in Shanghai. She plans to stay involved with Performa, Arthub Asia, as well as with Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform dedicated to tackling what remains of the peoples, places, and cultures that constituted the Ottoman Empire.
  • Here are on shores, the New Orleans Museum of Art has named Russell Lord as its Freeman Family Curator of Photographs. Beginning October 17, he will be responsible for the care, interpretation, presentation, and continued growth of NOMA’s photography holdings. Established in the 1970s, the collection includes more than 8,500 works, including photos by Berenice Abbott, Edward Steichen, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston. Lord recently completed a two-year Jane and Morgan Whitney fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He began his career at the Yale University Art Gallery, where he was a curatorial assistant in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Department, and during his graduate coursework at the City University of New York served as gallery director at Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs in New York.