The Museum of Modern Art announced the establishment of a newly endowed position, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, which will be held by Leah Dickerman, Curator, in the Department of Painting and Sculpture. The generous endowment provided by Ms. Hess, who has been a Museum Trustee since 2002, will provide essential funding to support the Museum’s curatorial goals now and for the future.
“The Museum of Modern Art is grateful for this important endowment from our generous and longtime trustee Marlene Hess,” said MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry. “Marlene’s commitment to the Museum’s curatorial and intellectual development is exemplary and her support helps us realize our goals for the future. The appointment of Leah Dickerman to this position is in recognition of her many accomplishments as an art historian and curator whose work is marked by outstanding scholarship, critical insights, and daring initiatives.”
Ms. Dickerman has been Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture since 2008. Over her career, she has organized or co-organized a series of multi-media exhibitions that offer new perspectives on the modern including Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 (2012–2013), Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art (2011–2012), Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity (2009–2010), Dada (2005–2006), and Aleksandr Rodchenko (1998). Her current exhibition projects include One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works, opening on April 3, co-organized with The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and a retrospective of the work of Robert Rauschenberg (2016–2017), co-organized with the Tate.