Art Museum curator headed to Dartmouth

Michael R. Taylor, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been named the director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, the school has announced.

Taylor was hired by the late Anne d'Harnoncourt in 1997, and has worked on exhibitions, installations, and programs, overseeing the acquisition of works by Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Jacob Lawrence, Roberto Matta, Bruce Naumann, Pablo Picasso, Gino Severini, Dorothea Tanning and Hannah Wilke.

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He was also a key figure in the Art Museum's Bruce Nauman show at the 2009 Venice Biennale, which was awarded the exhibition's highest award.

A London native, Taylor received Master of Arts degrees from both the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London - as well as a PhD at the Courtauld.

He starts his new job Aug. 15.

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