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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 04:19

Getty Museum's senior antiquities curator leaving for Corning Museum of Glass

Karol Wight, the Getty Museum's senior curator for antiquities, is leaving the organization to become the executive director of the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York. Wight will assume her new post Aug. 15, according to the Corning.

A spokeswoman for the Corning said Wight has been in conversations "for several months" about taking on the directorship.

Wight was named the Getty's antiquities curator in 2007. She succeeded Marion True, whose job she had held on an acting basis since True's controversial resignation in 2005 amid charges the Getty bought looted antiquities. Wight joined the Getty in 1985 as a graduate-student intern and was made a curator in 1992. Her specialty is in glass from the Roman empire, and she co-wrote  "Looking at Glass," published by the Getty in 2005.

At the Corning Museum, Wight, 52, will succeed David Whitehouse, executive director since 1999. She will oversee the museum's 45,000-object collection as well as its studio, library, programming and publications.

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