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Nancy Ireson. Photo: Tate Modern.

Nancy Ireson Appointed Barnes Foundation Chief Curator, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia announced today that Nancy Ireson has been named the organization’s new chief curator and deputy director for collections and exhibitions. Ireson joins the Barnes from Tate Modern, London, where she has served as curator of international art since 2015. She will succeed Sylvie Patry who stepped down from the position in June in order to return to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, where she had worked for more than a decade.

During her tenure at Tate Modern, Ireson curated major monographic presentations dedicated to the work of artists Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso, and initiated the integration of virtual reality into the museum’s exhibition program. Prior to working at Tate, Ireson served as an associate curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she curated “Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor” (2014–15) in partnership with the Getty Museum; as a curator at the Courtauld Gallery in London, where she curated “Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge” (2011); and as an assistant curator at the National Gallery in London.

Commenting on the appointment, Thom Collins, the Barnes Foundation’s executive director and president, said: “With Nancy’s tremendous vision and leadership experience, she will play a crucial role in fostering a deeper understanding of the Barnes collection and its significant history. I look forward to working closely with her to grow the impact of our exhibitions, publications program, and international curatorial contributions.” Ireson will take up the post in August.

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