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Anne Pasternak Appointed Director of Brooklyn Museum

Anne Pasternak will be the next director of the Brooklyn Museum, succeeding Arnold L. Lehman, the museum announced today. Pasternak comes from the nonprofit arts organization Creative Time, where she has been president and artistic director for more than twenty years. Last year Lehman announced his plans to retire in 2015 after seventeen years as the Brooklyn Museum’s director. Pasternak will assume the directorship on September 1, 2015.

Major projects Creative Time undertook while Pasternak was director include Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the sky above the former World Trade Center site after 9/11; Paul Chan’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward; Nick Cave’s Heard NY in Grand Central Terminal; Doug Aitken’s Sleepwalkers at The Museum of Modern Art; Jenny Holzer’s For New York at Rockefeller Center; Kara Walker’s A Subtlety in the former Domino Sugar warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and the recent joint project Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn at the Weeksville Heritage Center and its surrounding neighborhood in Brooklyn. She also launched the Creative Time Summit, a conference revolving around art and social justice, and the journalist initiative Creative Time Reports.

Pasternak holds a bachelor’s in arts administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was a master’s candidate at Hunter College, from which she received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree in 2013.