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Detroit Institute of Arts Names New Director

A new director has been hired by the Detroit Institute of Arts: Salvador Salort-Pons. According to Randy Kennedy in the New York Times, Salort-Pons—who already serves on the museum’s staff—will also now be the museum’s president and chief executive.

Salort-Pons has been at the Detroit museum since 2008, working as curator of the museum’s European art department and leading its collection strategies. Formerly a senior curator at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, an assistant professor at the University of Madrid, and a curator at the Memmo Foundation in Rome, he will fill the position left vacant by Graham W.J. Beal, who retired in June after leading the museum for sixteen years. As Kennedy notes, the DIA made headlines last year as it fought creditors who demanded that it sell work from its collection to pay off debts related to the city’s bankruptcy.

“After all these years working at the DIA, I feel deeply connected to Detroit, especially through the role the museum has played as part of the city’s extraordinary history,” said Salort-Pons.