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Adam D. Weinberg: New Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy


Phillips Academy Head of School Barbara Landis Chase announced on October 29, 1998 the appointment of Adam D. Weinberg, senior curator of the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as the new director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. The appointment completes a seven-month search to fill the job held for nine years by John M. "Jock" Reynolds, who left the Addison in September to become director of the Yale University Art Center.

"Adam Weinberg is perfectly suited to this important job at the academy," said Chase. "He brings us a strong mix of experience as curator, educator and fund-raiser. He is an excellent communicator, and his enthusiasm for art and art education is contagious."

Weinberg, who will begin his new job in January, was curator of the permanent collection at the Whitney since 1993. He organized numerous exhibitions, created a long-range plan for the Whitney collection and brought significant acquisitions to the museum, ranging from sculpture by Elie Nadelman and photography by Weegee to drawings by Sol LeWitt and multimedia work by Jessica Stockholder.

Previously he was artistic and program director at the American Center in Paris, a center for contemporary visual, performing and media arts. Weinberg was also director of education and assistant curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he worked from 1981 to 1989. There he was responsible for all the museum's educational programs and activities, as well as for overseeing photographic exhibitions. Weinberg has a bachelor's degree in art history and education from Brandeis University and a master's degree in fine arts in museum studies and photography history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

"The Addison has a extraordinary collection and an adventurous and distinguished exhibition program," said Weinberg. "For more than half a century its artistic and educational activities have set a high standard for the museum field. The academy's commitment to the significance of art in the lives of students and the greater community is unparalleled. I look forward to collaborating with museums nationally·and internationally on historical and contemporary exhibitions and to increasing the Addison's already significant programs with living artists."

At the Addison, Weinberg will be responsible for overseeing the museum's exhibition schedule, for development of its collection, for planning educational programs in conjunction with the school's art department, for continuing the development of the Addison's active educational outreach activities, including its artist-in-residence program, and for fund raising in conjunction with the school's upcoming campaign.

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This page was originally published 11/16/98 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 11/28/11

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