Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Founding Director of the Photography Department will retire in June of 2015.
"Over more than three decades, Anne Tucker's passion for photography consistently produced path-breaking exhibitions and publications that placed the medium at the center of cultural discourse and made the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a leader in the field," Gary Tinterow, Director of the Musum of Fine Arts, Houston, said. "Many of these exhibitions, most recently WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, redefined their subjects or articulated them to an American audience for the first time. Her acquisition of more than 29,000 works, many of them the result of long-standing relationships with contemporary photographers, vaulted our collection to preeminence. The legacy cannot be overstated. As Anne anticipated retirement, she and I both agreed that Malcolm Daniel was the ideal successor to build on her achievements, bringing singular expertise in the early chapters of photography and a proven record of scholarship, intellectual rigor and fresh perspectives on both historical material and contemporary art."
Senior curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Malcolm Daniel, will become the photography curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Daniel received his B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford, in art history and studio art in 1978; his M.A. in Modern art from Princeton University in 1987; and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1991. He will start his new position as Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography and Curator of Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on December 9, working alongside Tucker until her retirement, in June 2015.
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