MoMA’s Chief Photography Curator to Retire in July

Peter Galassi began as an intern at the Museum of Modern Art in 1974. He joined the photography department seven year later and became its director in 1991.

From the NYT:

Mr. Galassi organized or helped to organize more than 40 exhibitions, including two major retrospectives of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Among the most notable acquisitions during his tenure were a collection of more than 1,000 photographs by Lee Friedlander and the complete series of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills.”

“In addition to curating many important exhibitions and authoring publications he has led the growth and transformation of MoMA’s photography collection,” Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA’s Director said in the statement. “The Museum is most grateful for those contributions, and we wish him all the best in the next phase of his career.” In 2004 he monitored the re-installation of the Edward Steichen Galleries after MoMA’s renovation. (Steichen was himself the second chief curator of photography since the department’s inception by Beaumont Newhall in 1940.) Mr. Galassi became only the fourth person to serve in that position when he took over for John Szarkowski in 1991. MoMA plans to begin its search for a replacement in the coming months.


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