MFA chooses new director

May 1, 2015
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston chose Matthew Teitelbaum as its new director last month. He will take over the post when current Director Malcolm Rogers retires in August.

Teitelbaum is currently the director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Formally elected at a special meeting of the MFA’s Board of Trustees early in April, Teitelbaum will become the 11th director in the Huntington Avenue art museum’s 145-year history. He was selected after an international search.

Teitelbaum’s “commitment to community enrichment and global engagement—both inside and outside the galleries—has produced remarkable results in public service, education, patronage and support,” MFA Board of Trustees Chair Lisbeth Tarlow said in a press release. “Throughout his decades of experience, he has done an outstanding job in growing and diversifying audiences, strategically building collections, and establishing strong platforms for vigorous scholarship.”

“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the next director of the Museum of Fine Arts,” said Teitelbaum in a press release. “The MFA has a long legacy of distinguished leadership—people who believed that art can change the world, and that art changes lives and is shaped by the community in which it lives. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to build on such a strong foundation established by Malcolm, his staff and volunteers, and the MFA’s Board, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to cultivate the MFA’s continued growth and evolution.”

Teitelbaum was appointed director of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 1998 after having first joined the museum in 1993 as Chief Curator.

Rogers served as the MFA’s director for almost 20 years and oversaw a massive expansion of the museum. He announced his intent to retire in February.

Matthew Teitelbaum. (Photo Courtesy The Art Gallery of Ontario)

Matthew Teitelbaum. (Photo Courtesy The Art Gallery of Ontario)

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