PRINT October 2001


David A. Ross

AS ABRUPTLY AS THE DEATH of a Silicon Valley dot-com, David A. Ross’s flashy three-year stint as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art came to an end on August 16, when he unexpectedly resigned. The departure was so sudden that even Ross’s wife, speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, called her husband’s decision “a surprise.”

“I’ve worked in art museums without interruption for nearly thirty-two years. The prospect of some time to think is, quite frankly, a dream come true,” Ross explained when asked why he interrupted his largely successful run at SF MoMA—during which museum membership nearly doubled and significant (and extravagant) purchases were made—with no new job in the offing. That Ross, who sought the limelight in California as avidly as he had in New York during his Whitney tenure, is merely hoping for a moment’s quiet reflection seems odd, as does the apparently

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