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Director Brian Allen to lead New York Historical Society Museum

With a mixture of sadness and joy we announce that Brian Allen, the Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art, has been named Director of the Museum and Vice President of the New York Historical Society. Founded in 1804, the Historical Society is the oldest art museum in New York and has a collection consisting of 1.6 million objects.

Brian came to the Addison in 2004. With a curator’s sensibilities, he has supervised the creation and installation of scores of innovative exhibitions. He also has led the implementation of the Addison’s strategic plan, a cornerstone of which was a multimillion dollar building renovation and expansion. Thanks to Brian’s leadership and the efforts of his staff and the Addison’s Board of Governors, the facility is now home to a beautiful Museum Learning Center, restored gallery space, ample office space, and expanded climate-controlled storage areas to accommodate the Addison’s collection, which has grown in all media to 17,000 objects.

The Addison’s program has been featured in local and national media and has drawn record numbers of visitors. The Coming of Age show attracted 538,000 visitors in five venues, traveling to Venice, London, Dallas, Quebec City, and Fort Lauderdale.

Brian will remain at the Addison through December 2013, keeping his hand in the landmark retrospectives of the work of Robert Arneson and Alfred Maurer, a show on the late work of Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, and other famed American Modernists, and a show on the vision of New York dealer Allan Stone.

Phillips Academy Associate Head of School Becky Sykes will lead the search for Brian’s successor in its first phase, in collaboration with a trustee-faculty search advisory committee.

Please join us in congratulating Brian on this new position.