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New leadership is on the way at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

John B. Ravenal, currently the curator for modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will take the helm as new executive director in mid-January. Interim director Katy Kline has been in place since the departure of Dennis Kois at the end of April. The Lincoln museum, which has an annual budget of about $5 million, was set to announce Ravenal’s appointment on Monday.

Kois left after a six-year tenure that was seen as a time of growth for the deCordova, overseeing enhanced fund-raising efforts and a sharper curatorial focus on sculpture, as well as a five-year strategic plan that went into effect in 2011.

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A new exhibition at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, explores the history of social photography through a selection of images from the institution’s permanent collection. Spanning from the mid-twentieth century to the present, “The Social Medium” touches on a number of photographic genres, including social documentary as well as street, celebrity, and portrait photography.

The exhibition at the DeCordova explores how developments in photographic technology -- from the invention of the portable film camera to the rise in popularity of Polaroid cameras, digital cameras, and cellphone cameras -- have influenced the art of social documentation. 

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Katy Kline, an experienced museum administrator, will serve as interim executive director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.

Starting Wednesday, May 14, she will take over until a replacement is found for former director Dennis Kois who has accepted a position at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Kline said she’s “delighted’’ to “help keep things moving forward until the arrival of a permanent director.’’

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