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Carnegie Museum of Art Announces New Curator of Photography

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh announced today that Dan Leers has been appointed as its new curator of photography after the retirement of Linda Benedict-Jones, who first held that role. A Pittsburgh native, he will start his new position in April after recently working as an independent curator in New York. Leers previously worked on the 2013 Venice Biennale, in which he served as an advisor on contemporary African art, and was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and his master’s degree in modern art and curatorial studies from Columbia University, New York.

At the Carnegie Museum, Leers will be responsible for developing the department of photography’s collection through strategic acquisitions, organizing exhibitions, and assisting with the next cycle of the institution’s Hillman Photography Initiative, launched in 2013.