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Met’s New Acquisition, New Curator: Late-Breaking News, Broken Late

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“The Three Graces,” Roman, Imperial period, 2nd century A.D., copy of
Greek work from 2nd century B.C., displayed in the Metropolitan
Museum’s Greek and Roman sculpture court

Back on May 12, CultureGrrl broke some news that the Met has finally confirmed in a press release that hit my inbox very early today:

An ancient Roman group statue of
great importance and beauty—a depiction of the Three Graces of Greek
mythology—has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was
announced today by Thomas P. Campbell, the Museum’s director….

Discovered in Rome in 1892, the
statue has been on loan to the Museum from a private collector since
1992, and has been on view in the center of the Leon Levy and Shelby
Sculpture Court since it opened in 2007.

But when will the Met get around to breaking the news about its new senior curator of American painting, an appointment disclosed more than two weeks ago by the Hartford Courant [via]?

Roger Catlin
of the Courant reports:

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is losing its chief curator to
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, who also is the Krieble curator of
American painting and sculpture at the Atheneum, the nation’s oldest
public museum, has taken the post of senior curator of American painting
at the prestigious Met, effective Sept. 1….

At the Met, Kornhauser will be responsible for reinstalling the American
paintings collection, the opening of which next year will be the final
phase of the new American Wing that reopened in 2009 after two years of
construction and renovation.

At the Wadsworth, Kornhauser was responsible for another reinstallation—that of the Connecticut museum’s Hudson River School paintings.

I assume that she is the replacement
for Carrie Rebora Barratt, who was promoted last September to
associate director for collections and administration at the Met. Carrie also stars in one of the
most watched
CultureGrrl Videos!

Is Betsy ready for her close-up?

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