Only one month after the investor Leon Black stated that he would not stand for re-election because the chairman of the Museum of Fashionable Artwork, the museum on Tuesday selected his alternative: Marie-Josée Kravis, 71, its president emerita.
Kravis’s tenure will change into efficient on July 1, when Black’s time period expires.
“Thanks very, very a lot,” Kravis stated throughout Tuesday’s digital board assembly, in a recording obtained by The Instances. “I do know it’s an enormous accountability. I’ll attempt to reside as much as it.”
Kravis additionally recommended the director, Glenn D. Lowry, and the workers for persevering with to current sturdy exhibitions over the previous difficult yr. “It’s improbable that, on this very troublesome time, we’ve been in a position to maintain an unparalleled program,” she stated, including, “I welcome your whole concepts.”
Black, who has led the board since June 2018, introduced his resolution to step down after artists and activists protested his continued service as chairman, given his ties to the convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Stress on Black constructed after the revelation earlier this yr that he had paid $158 million to Epstein for tax and property advisory companies — funds that started a number of years after Epstein had pleaded responsible in 2008 to soliciting prostitution from a teenage woman.
Black will stay a MoMA trustee, although activists have objected to his continued service and say his presence on the board is emblematic of bigger points on the museum. “Whether or not Black stays or goes, a consensus has emerged,” says StrikeMoMA, a coalition of artist and activist teams, on its web site. “Past anyone board member, MoMA itself is the issue.”
The group has been gathering each Friday throughout from the museum to demand a “post-MoMA future.” In a current letter to Lowry, StrikeMoMA announced plans to take these protests contained in the museum.
At Tuesday’s board assembly, Ronnie Heyman was additionally elected to a second time period as president.
Kravis, a philanthropist and avid collector together with her husband, the financier Henry R. Kravis, has been a member of the MoMA board since 1994 and beforehand served as president from 2005 to 2018.
“She’s going to make a wonderful chairman,” stated the actual property government Jerry I. Speyer, MoMA’s chairman emeritus, who served alongside Kravis. “She combines intelligence, appreciation for excellent artwork and has a beautiful relationship with the workers. The museum couldn’t ask for extra.”