David Wiseman and Ari Wiseman at their new studio building in Los Angeles

Solomon R. Guggenheim Deputy Director Ari Wiseman Steps Down

Ari Wiseman, the deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museums and Foundation, has announced that he is resigning and planning to relocate to Los Angeles to start an independent design studio with his brother, the artist David Wiseman, Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times reports.

Wiseman joined the Guggenheim in January 2010 and was responsible for overseeing strategic planning and acquisitions policies. He launched the foundation’s collections council and participates in the development of the global exhibitions program. Wiseman helped to manage the global activities of the foundation and museums while leading a variety of special projects, such as the Guggenheim Helsinki initiative, which was rejected by the Finnish government in November as previously reported.

Wiseman Studio, a 30,000-square-foot building in Los Angeles’s Frogtown district, will focus on exhibiting David Wiseman’s work; launching projects with galleries, museums, and other artists; and developing programs that foster dialogues around design. Ted Porter of Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects has been charged with the building’s redesign, which is slated to be completed by 2018.