Strick named director of Nasher Sculpture Center
By JAMIE STENGLE,Associated Press Writer AP - 2 hours 14 minutes ago
DALLAS - Jeremy Strick, former director of the financially troubled Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, has been named the new director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, the museum's board of directors announced Friday.
Strick, who will start his new job March 2, will be the second director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, which opened in 2003 to showcase the modern and contemporary sculpture collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher.
"It's a collection I've known a long time and loved," Strick said.
Before resigning last month, Strick served more than nine years as director of MOCA. Trustees of MOCA, which has recently suffered severe money shortages, said last month that they'd accepted a bailout from billionaire Eli Broad worth as much as $30 million. Museum officials there said the bailout money would be part of a campaign to raise $75 million for endowment and operating expenses.
"The situation at MOCA in Los Angeles was very complicated and very long in the making," Strick said. "What's most important is that the position is different. (The Nasher) has a stable financial foundation, which MOCA never enjoyed."
At MOCA, he oversaw a significant expansion of the museum's collection and the opening of a satellite gallery. He also oversaw art education and exhibitions.
David Haemisegger, president of the Nasher Sculpture Center's board of directors, said they were impressed by the programs Strick oversaw at MOCA. Also, they knew Strick was familiar with the Nasher collection.
"We really thought we shared the same vision to enhance upon what we've done to date and take the center to some different levels," he said.
He said the financial situation at MOCA did not deter them. "There was nothing we saw in Jeremy or his leadership out there that really gave us pause at all," he said.
The Nasher has an endowment of about $100 million, about $47 million of which was raised through a Sotheby's auction in May of works from the Nashers' collection that weren't central to the center's focus, Haemisegger said.
Jack Lane, director emeritus of the Dallas Museum of Art and a member of MOCA's advisory committee on the challenges it is facing, called Strick's appointment to the Nasher "brilliant."
"He's worked in some of the greatest museums in American for modern and contemporary art. He has a host of great connection and a profound understanding of the field that's covered by the artistic program of the Nasher Sculpture Center," Lane said.
Under Strick, MOCA had what Lane thinks a lot of people would call the most interesting exhibitions program of any museum in the country, if not the world. Before going to MOCA, Strick was senior curator at the Art Institute of Chicago. He's also held curatorial posts at The Saint Louis Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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