Say Hello to the MoMA’s John Elderfield Before He Says Goodbye


Before he’s no longer at the museum, as you might remember us reporting on back in mid-December, ArtInfo was able to grab John Elderfield, one of the chief curators at the MoMA, for an interview, largely about why he’s decided to leave the museum and retire, but also looking back at his long and storied career. What it doesn’t touch on, unfortunately, is what’s going to happen to the museum industry once all these famous people in charge leave their posts, as you might recall that there’s been a whole bunch of that going on lately. But we figure Elderfield, like most people after they retire, will be too busy complaining about the price of things and forwarding stupid e-mails to his grandchildren to care. Here’s a bit:

John, I can’t believe you’re actually about to retire.
Well, at the end of July I’m going to step down from my job as chief curator, painting and sculpture. This is something that senior people at the museum have to do in their 65th year. But I’m not retiring; I’m still working on two more exhibitions. One is a collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago for spring 2010 on Matisse’s paintings between 1913 and 1917. And in the winter of ’11 to ’12, we’re doing a full de Kooning retrospective.

Oh, never mind. Sounds like they’re going to have to get security to escort him out of the building (or any art museum for that matter) if they want him to leave, he loves the gig so much.