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Dia Art Foundation Names Courtney J. Martin as Deputy Director and Chief Curator

Dia Art Foundation announced today that Courtney J. Martin, currently an assistant professor in the history of art and architecture department at Brown University, has been appointed the foundation’s deputy director and chief curator. Martin will lead the curatorial department as well as oversee the collections, exhibition programming, and the acquisition of new works. She succeeds James Meyer, who will now serve as Dia’s curatorial and academic adviser. Martin will take up the post in September.

“Courtney is an accomplished scholar and curator,” director Jessica Morgan said. “While working closely with her on the Robert Ryman exhibition, I was continually impressed by her rigorous curatorial approach and innovative thinking. We are thrilled to welcome her to Dia. I am confident that Courtney’s leadership will bring new insights and energy to the institution.”

Martin received her Ph.D. in twentieth-century British art from Yale University in 2009 and has authored numerous essays on the work of modern and contemporary artists, including Rasheed Araeen, Kader Attia, Rina Banerjee, Leslie Hewitt, Ed Ruscha, and Yinka Shonibare. She is the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and was the coeditor of Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator (2015), which won a Historians of British Art book award. She was also the editor of Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art (2016).

Prior to joining Brown University in 2013, Martin was an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and had several fellowships at institutions such as the University of California, Berkeley, and the Getty Research Institute. Martin curated “Drop, Roll, Slide, Drip . . . Frank Bowling’s Poured Paintings 1973–8” (2012–13), at Tate Britain and “Robert Ryman” (2015–16), at the Dia Art Foundation.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I join Dia—an institution that I encountered upon moving to New York in the 1990s,” Martin said. “It has an unparalleled collection of art and a deep history of helping artists develop their practice and realize ambitious projects . . . I am excited to begin working with Jessica and the team to guide Dia’s strategic approach to exhibitions, collections, and public programs and help the institution continue to fulfill its mission.”