Chicago, Wednesday, August, 24, 2011. Tom Pritzker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago, announced today that Douglas Druick has been selected as the new President of the Art Institute of Chicago following an extensive search both inside and outside of the museum to replace former president James Cuno who departed in June 2011. Druick, the chair of two of the museum’s eleven curatorial departments, is an internationally recognized scholar and curator, who had been serving as the acting president and director of the museum since Cuno’s departure. Eloise W. Martin has been named as the new Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both appointments are effective immediately.
In reacting to the appointment, Druick said, “it is an honor to be selected as the Art Institute’s next director. It is especially meaningful to me as it has been my professional home for more than 25 years. I am excited and eager to immerse myself in this role and become even more deeply involved with the museum and its work. I have served this institution for more than two decades because I have the greatest respect for it and believe it to be one of the finest museums in the world. To now be asked to lead the Art Institute is a great privilege.”
During his tenure at the Art Institute, Druick has conceived and organized or contributed to some of the most significant exhibitions in the museum’s history. These exhibitions include Degas (1988); Odilon Redon: Prince of Dreams, 1840-1916 (1994); Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist (1994); Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South (2001); Manet and the Sea (2003); Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte (2004); Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (2005); Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde (2006); and, in contemporary art, Jasper Johns: Gray (2007). Three of these exhibitions, Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte, Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, and Jasper Johns: Gray, were named outstanding exhibitions by the Association of Art Museum Curators, and Jasper Johns: Gray was also named “Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally” by the American section of the International Art Critics Association.
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