Jonathan Bober Leaves Blanton Museum to Head National Gallery’s Department of Old Master Prints

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin has announced the departure of curator Jonathan Bober, reports the Dallas Art News.

Bober, senior curator of European art since 2010, and prior to that, curator of prints, drawings, and European painting since 1988, will leave the Blanton effective April 30, 2011 to serve as curator and head of the department of Old Master prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

During his tenure at the Blanton, Bober was responsible for the acquisition of over eleven-thousand works of art of considerable range and the highest quality, including those in the Suida-Manning and Leo Steinberg collections. Among the many exhibitions that he had conceived and presented at the Blanton, one of the most well-received was “Language of Prints,” 2008, presented concurrently with the national annual meeting of the Print Council of America. In addition, Bober’s in-depth scholarship of the Genoese Renaissance master, Luca Cambiaso, resulted in the first major US exhibition of the artist—“Luca Cambiaso, 1527–1585,” in partnership with Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale—and the first publication on the artist in English. Beyond his exhibitions and collection building, Bober has mentored and trained hundreds of graduate students.