David Breslin, curator of this yr’s acclaimed Whitney Biennial, has been named head of the Division of Fashionable and Up to date Artwork on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.
Breslin, at present a curator on the Whitney Museum, will begin on the Met within the fall. He fills the place left vacant by Sheena Wagstaff, who introduced her intention to depart the museum earlier this yr after almost a decade there.
Wagstaff drastically expanded the Met’s trendy and up to date artwork choices, even at one level overseeing a now-defunct annex devoted particularly to them. Breslin is prone to proceed his undertaking, on condition that the museum is nearer than ever to realizing a long-awaited growth of its trendy and up to date artwork wing.
That wing was valued at $500 million, $125 million of which was offered by Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang in 2021, the biggest money reward the Met has ever acquired. It would add 80,000 sq. toes of gallery area designed by Frida Escobedo. The museum remains to be fundraising for the undertaking.
“The Tang Wing will allow The Met to uniquely reinterpret and current the intricate tales of recent and up to date artwork from around the globe,” Breslin stated in a press release. “Moreover, by the collaborative efforts of many, it would give readability to the distinctive efforts of every featured artist whereas respecting distinctive commitments and positions. “Tang Wing’s nice success would be the mixture of pedagogy and integrity, offering connections to the previous and area to think about a brand new future.”
Breslin has been on the Whitney since 2016, and has been identified for 2 exhibitions through the years: the 2018 David Wojnarowicz retrospective and this yr’s Whitney Biennial, which he co-curated with Adrienne Edwards. He was initially employed as Curator and Director of Collections and later appointed Director of Curatorial Initiatives.
Earlier than becoming a member of the Whitney, Breslin was chief curator on the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, the place he oversaw the catalog of Jasper Johns drawings.
In a press release, Met Director Max Hollein referred to as Breslin “a confirmed chief and enthusiastic collaborator with an exemplary monitor report in assortment constructing.”