Ian Alteveer Leaves Met to Helm MFA Boston’s Modern Artwork Division

Ian Alteveer, a longtime curator of up to date artwork at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, is stepping down from his function there to chair the modern artwork division on the Museum of Fantastic Arts Boston.

“I’m delighted to hitch the MFA at a pivotal second in its historical past when the establishment is poised to redouble its dedication to modern artwork,” stated Alteveer, who will take the reins from Reto Thüring on September 13.

The Met, in fact, can also be at a pivotal second because it prepares for the extremely anticipated $500 million renovation of its fashionable and modern wing. Alteveer’s departure follows that of division chair Sheena Wagstaff, who exited final Might, in addition to that of curator Randall Griffey, who that very same month was employed as the pinnacle curator of the Smithsonian American Artwork Museum in Washington, D.C. The Met’s fashionable and modern division is now led by former Whitney curator David Breslin.

Within the years since he joined the Met in 2006, Alteveer went on to play a key function in shaping the museum’s modern artwork programming. Among the many exhibitions he dropped at the museum had been an acclaimed Kerry James Marshall retrospective in 2016 and a survey of Vija Celmins’s artwork the next yr, each held on the museum’s erstwhile Met Breuer location on Madison Avenue (the constructing was lately bought to Sotheby’s for round $100 million). Different reveals embody the Afrofuturist interval room “Earlier than Yesterday We Might Fly: An Afrofuturist Interval Room” (2020) and “Loss of life and the Maid,” an ongoing survey dedicated to Cecily Brown.