The J. Paul Getty Museum will soon likely be enjoying some stability for the first time in more than two years, with the announcement that Timothy Potts who has most recently served as the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, will be coming on board as the museum’s full-time director. The Getty’s leadership of late, has been more than a bit in flux, first with Michael Brand‘s sudden and unexpected exit at the start of 2010. David Bomford was named as his acting replacement, until he also hit the road this past December to move back to his native London, leaving still-recently-installed Getty Trust president, James Cuno, to temporarily take over the position. Fortunately for Cuno’s schedule and nerves, Potts will take over at the museum come September 1. Here’s his thoughts on joining the Getty:
I am delighted to be joining the Getty Museum at such a promising time, when its leadership, ambitions and prospects are stronger than ever. Like others in the museum world, I have for many years admired (and sometimes been frustrated by!) the quality of its collecting and the innovative way it pursues its scholarly and educational mission. It has evolved into much more than an artistic showpiece of national and international renown, however. With the Museum and its sister institutes devoted to research, conservation and philanthropy, the Getty represents a uniquely well-rounded ‘university of the arts.’ No other institution does more to collect, preserve and understand the history and materiality of art than the Getty, and I greatly look forward to working with the Museum’s outstanding staff in building on this achievement over the years ahead.