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On Wednesday, September 11, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Dia Art Foundation announced that it has chosen Jessica Morgan, a curator at Tate Modern in London, to be its new director. Morgan, who has held her current position at the Tate since 2010, was previously the chief curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art as well as a curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Morgan will make the move to New York in January 2015.

Dia, which turned forty this year, has offices in Manhattan’s artsy Chelsea neighborhood as well as a sprawling exhibition space in Beacon, New York -- an up-and-coming town about 90 minutes north of New York City.

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A major new exhibition focused on old master painter Peter Paul Rubens in London is to include the recent “big discovery” of a genuine work, which had been written off as a fake for six decades.

The Royal Academy of Arts is to stage the first UK exhibition concentrating on the influence of the Flemish painter who died in 1640, which opens in January.

Nico Van Hout, curator of the exhibition, discovered the small panel titled "The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus" on a chance trip to the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and was convinced it was by Rubens.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts is launching a new, free series that will offer an in-depth look into contemporary art through conversations and panel discussions featuring key players in the scene. It's called "Which Side Up: What Moves Contemporary Art" and it's being presented by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art. It's set to start Sept. 21.

The first installment of the series, called "Unpacking the Concept," will feature Rebecca Hart, the museum's curator of contemporary art.

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce that Jodi Throckmorton  has been named Curator of Contemporary Art, effective October 27, 2014.

Throckmorton comes to PAFA from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, where she currently serves as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art (since June 2013). Prior to that, Throckmorton served as Associate Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art (2007-2013).

“I am delighted that Jodi will be joining PAFA. Her skill as a curator, as well as passion and enthusiasm, became clear when I had the pleasure of working with her on PAFA’s Eric Fischl exhibition in 2012,” says Harry Philbrick, the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum.

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Filling vacancies in two of the Getty Museum's most important jobs, museum director Timothy Potts has picked Jeffrey Spier, an American scholar with whom he's had a long professional connection, as its new senior curator of antiquities — the top post at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades — and an Italian museum director, Davide Gasparotto, as senior curator of paintings based at the Getty Center in Brentwood.

Gasparotto has been director of the Galleria Estense museum in Modena, Italy, for the last two years, and spent 12 years as a curator and art historian at the National Gallery of Parma.

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Ever walk into a museum and think, “Why’d they choose THAT?,” or, “Why did they take down my favorite cat portrait? Nobody leaves until the cat comes back.”

The Frye Art Museum staff feels your pain/strong feelings about art/need to free your inner art historian. So the Frye has launched “You Be the Curator.” Here’s how it works: Images of all 232 of the Seattle museum’s paintings are now on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr.

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The Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s announced that the 2014 Restoration Award has been given to Norton Conyers, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, home of Sir James and Lady Graham. The late medieval house, extensively rebuilt in the 17th century, has been the home of the Graham family since 1624. It is perhaps most famous for being an inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Brontë’s celebrated novel Jane Eyre. The novelist is believed to have visited Norton Conyers in 1839 and the family legend of a “madwoman” secretly confined to an attic room might have given her the idea for the crazed Mrs Rochester.

Sir James and Lady Graham, a former museum curator, began the restoration of Norton Conyers in 2006. Their assiduous work over the past eight years revealed fascinating layers of history, which visitors will be able to discover in July 2015, when this Graded II-listed house reopens to the public.

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The Museum of Modern Art announces the launch of Picasso: The Making of Cubism 1912–1914, the Museum’s first digital-only publication and the first monographic e-book to be authorized by the Estate of Pablo Picasso. Edited by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA, and Blair Hartzell, independent art historian and curator, it embraces the innovative features and infinite real estate of the digital format in order to present new scholarship on a breakthrough moment in the history of Cubism and twentieth-century art. Scott Gerson, private art conservator and former Associate Conservator, MoMA, served as conservation editor on this cross-disciplinary project, which presents in-depth studies of 15 objects made by Picasso between 1912 and 1914. Contributing scholars include Elizabeth Cowling, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow, History of Art, The University of Edinburgh; Jeremy Melius, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Tufts University; and Jeffrey Weiss, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Senior Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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Samuel Hunter, professor of art and archaeology, emeritus, at Princeton University and a renowned modern and contemporary art scholar, died of natural causes on July 27 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91.

"Sam came to Princeton in 1969 as a well-established historian of modern and contemporary art who had by that time played a prominent role in his field for more than 20 years as a professor, curator, museum director, editor and critic," said Michael Koortbojian, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Art and Archaeology and chair of the Department of Art and Archaeology.

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Lydia Yee will join Whitechapel, the century-old London gallery, as its new chief curator, the gallery has announced. Since 2007, Ms. Yee has been a curator at Barbican Art Gallery, where she’s presented exhibitions such as “Bauhaus: Art as Life” and “Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene.”

“I am very honoured to be joining the Whitechapel Gallery, which has long been a reference point for me as a curator,” she said.

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