The Story Behind Richard Armstrong’s Hiring at the Guggenheim


Following up on one of the two museum stories of the year, Richard Armstrong taking over for Thomas Krens as the head of the Guggenheim (the second being Thomas Campbell replacing Philippe de Montebello over at the Met), the NY TimesCarol Vogel has gone back in time to report on the hiring process, making sure Armstrong was the right guy for the job and all those applicants they looked at well (we applied, but we forgot to include the $25 fee, so we didn’t make the cut). There’s also a lot of good background material therein, which will be helpful now that he’s been further thrust into the public spotlight, as well as going over some of his fairly vague, preliminary ideas for where he’d like to take the foundation. Here’s a bit:

As director, he said, one of his aims will be to draw on the Guggenheim’s rich permanent collection as well as to present shows exploring what young artists are doing today.

“I remember when I was growing up the Guggenheim was frequently the source for enlightenment about European art, and then it had an edge for accommodating new, younger artists,” he said.

Today, Mr. Armstrong said, he finds the Guggenheim’s interest in Asia “and I hope Latin America” exciting. He said he was attracted by the museum’s “ability to bring information to the public that might otherwise be overlooked.”