Another first

Prominent NYC museum appoints its first female director

Erin Baiano/The New York Times

The Brooklyn Museum announced on Tuesday that it had hired Anne Pasternak as its news director. Pasternak has spent the last two decades as president and artistic director of Creative Time, a prominent arts organization that stages free projects, exhibitions and events at public sites throughout New York, and will be the first woman to take up the position in the museum’s 120-year history. She will succeed Arnold L. Lehman, who is retiring in June as director after nearly 18 years. The announcement came after a vote by the museum’s board of trustees. Elizabeth A. Sackler, the board’s chairwoman, said she is “over the moon” about the appointment. “I think this is going to be a fabulous partnership,” she said. Pasternak “has created a very worthy cultural establishment,” Sackler added. “Now she is ready to lead an institution.” The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest art museum in New York City, with a collection of more than a million works and a full-time staff of 308 workers, including 20 curators and departments from ancient Egyptian to contemporary and feminist art.

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