Monday, October 27, 2008

Richard Armstrong

David Heald / Guggenheim Museum. APPOINTMENT: Richard Armstrong will assume the position of director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Armstrong, 59, has a long track record as a curator, including 11 years at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art and 16 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where he has been director since 1996 and added to his bona fides by overseeing the museum's signature, triennial Carnegie International shows. Armstrong, whose appointment was announced Tuesday and who will start his new job Nov. 4, said Wednesday that he hoped to make the Guggenheim "a rich, intellectually engaging place" where "the staff is empowered to realize their most ambitious and interesting dreams" and where the art collection keeps growing. Mike Boehm LA Times