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Who is Kaywin Feldman?

She’s the new director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, succeeding William Griswold, but previously I’d never heard of her. The MIA has a history of prominent professionals in its top post (Evan Maurer, Samuel Sachs II), so her relative obscurity took me by surprise.

When she arrives from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, she will be one of five female museum directors in the Twin Cities (including the better known Olga Viso, soon to leave the Hirshhorn for the directorship of the Walker Art Center).

Minneapolis is a great place, but isn’t it a bit harsh to bring someone from Memphis to start work during the harsh Minnesota winter? She starts Jan. 1.

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