Jorge Daniel Veneciano

New York’s Museum of Arts and Design Director Jorge Daniel Veneciano Steps Down

The Museum of Arts and Design in New York announced today that director Jorge Daniel Veneciano will resign on January 31 after only five months in the position. The scholar of art and political theory will shift his focus to writing and consulting at the intersection of cultural policy, immigrant rights, and civic engagement. Board chair Michele Cohen will serve as interim director while the museum searches for a replacement.

“Current political events compel me to turn my attention to pressing needs in the cultural sector,” Veneciano said. He is currently writing a book about the social relevance of cultural institutions in “securing civility in uncivil times.” He added, “I remain a great admirer of the museum of arts and design, and I am confident that it will be in good hands going forward.”

Veneciano succeeded Glenn Adamson when he joined the institution as director in October. Previously, he served as the director of El Museo del Barrio. Cohen said that the museum respects Veneciano’s decision and “on behalf of MAD’s trustees, staff, and audiences, I wish him well on his next steps.”