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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) appoints four women to leadership team

The Museum of Modern Art is strengthening its leadership team with the appointments of four women.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has announced a host of appointments, adding four women to its leadership team in order to strengthen and reinvigorate it.

MoMA has appointed Sarah Suzuki as its associate director, while Beverly Morgan-Welch is taking on the role of senior deputy director of external affairs.

Christy Thompson serves as MoMA’s senior deputy director of exhibitions and collections, and Nisa Mackie is The Edward John Noble Foundation deputy director of learning and audience engagement.

Suzuki, Thompson, Mackie and Morgan-Welch have started their new roles, bringing many years of experience in the cultural and non-profit sectors to MoMa‘s leadership team.

Suzuki is serving as the liaison between senior administration and MoMA’s curatorial departments, and helming the curatorial affairs division. She is also leading the coordination of MoMA’s research programmes.

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Suzuki was made deputy director for curatorial affairs in 2020. Prior to that, she served as director of the museum’s renovation and expansion project, which opened in 2019. She joined MoMA as a research assistant in 1998.

Morgan-Welch is overseeing MoMA’s outreach strategy, as well as all programmes involving fundraising and sponsorship, membership, affiliate programs, special events, marketing, communications, and graphic design.

She replaces Todd Bishop and brings decades of experience in not-for-profit management, community outreach, and corporate philanthropy.

Morgan-Welch worked as associate director for external affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) between 2016 and 2021.

In her role as MoMA’s senior deputy director of exhibitions and collections, Thompson will look after the scheduling and production of all displays and exhibitions, as well as the maintenance of collections.

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Thompson takes over from Ramona Bronkar Bannayan. Between 2015 and 2021, she served as chief of exhibitions, collections and conservation at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

She was the Art Gallery of Ontario’s associate director of administration and corporate secretary between 2013 and 2015. Before that, she worked at Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Mackie is overseeing MoMA’s education department, replacing Wendy Woon. She will lead her teams to reimagine learning and audience engagement.

Previously, Mackie worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Most recently, she served as its head of public engagement, learning and impact.

Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art cares for a vast collection of more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, objects and models. 

Images: MoMA

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