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Anne Pasternak

Anne Pasernak

Photo of Anne Pasternak by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Dear friends of the Brooklyn Museum,

We are delighted to share very important news with you. On Tuesday, May 19, at a special meeting of the Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees, the Board enthusiastically voted Anne Pasternak to serve as the Museum’s next Shelby White and Leon Levy Director. We are thrilled to announce that Anne joins the Museum on September 1, after more than 20 years as the visionary President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a non-profit arts organization that commissions and presents major public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, the U.S., and the world. She succeeds Arnold Lehman, who retires as of August 31, after a trailblazing 18-year tenure that we’ve all been fortunate enough to experience.

Anne is the clear choice to lead the Brooklyn Museum at a pivotal moment for the institution, and in art history. Anne believes in the limitless power of art to move, motivate, and inspire, and few cultural leaders have succeeded in reaching such huge audiences. Through her work at Creative Time, she is responsible for the historic and unforgettable "Tribute in Light" that has appeared annually next to the site of the World Trade Center since early 2002, as well as last year’s jaw-dropping presentation of Kara Walker’s "A Subtlety" at the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, which drew crowds by the thousands and made headlines around the world. Anne’s ability to galvanize communities and foster artistic accomplishment will strengthen the Museum as a cultural and civic leader in Brooklyn and the world. Her imagination and skill will serve to envision new ways to connect the Museum’s historical collections with contemporary ideas and practice. As Arnold has said: "She is the perfect person to lead the Museum into the future."

Included here is a link to the press release that details the appointment. An exclusive story appears in The New York Times online, and in the May 20, 2015, printed edition.

We look forward to welcoming Anne and experiencing her vision for the Museum.

As we anticipate the exceptional times that lie ahead, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support during this exciting moment in the Brooklyn Museum’s history.

Elizabeth A. Sackler
Chair, Board of Trustees

Stephanie Ingrassia
President, Board of Trustees
Search Committee Co-Chair

Barbara M. Vogelstein
Search Committee Co-Chair