The chief curator at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Jeff Harrison, will be stepping down after thirty-three years at the museum, reports the Virginia Pilot’s Teresa Annas. Harrison was first brought on to research the organization’s European collection. He was made the museum’s research curator in 1986, its curator of European art in 1989, and chief curator in 1993.
Annas notes that Harrison helped the museum acquire dozens of artworks, and “was the first scholar to systematically research and document Chrysler’s art.” The works he helped acquire ranged from a Dürer engraving from 1498 to St. Andrew, 2006, by Kehinde Wiley. Harrison called the Chrysler’s collection “one of the last great public collections to be formed in the twentieth century,” adding, “To get in there and work on it was phenomenal.”
As Artforum.com noted, the Chrysler also recently lost another curator, when Amy L. Brandt, the McKinnon curator of modern and contemporary art, passed away at the age of thirty-seven.