New York, NY—Dia Art Foundation announced today the resignation of Director Jeffrey Weiss, effective March 2008. Mr. Weiss, former curator and head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., assumed his post as director in June 2007. He has decided to return to a curatorial and scholarly career.
Nathalie de Gunzburg, chairman of Dia’s Board of Trustees, states, "Dia’s Board regretfully accepts Jeffrey Weiss’s resignation. We are grateful to him for his enthusiasm for and dedication to Dia and are sorry that this position did not turn out to be the right match for him. We are glad that Jeffrey has agreed to be available to consult with Dia on special projects in the coming months and wish him the very best in moving ahead with his distinguished career."
Mr. Weiss said, "It is with disappointment that I leave Dia. I believe the opportunity to steer the Foundation at this time in its history is an exciting one. However, it has become clear to me that Dia's most pressing needs will be best served by someone whose leadership is not primarily focused on curatorial and scholarly objectives, which have always been central to my ambitions."
Dia Art Foundation
A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects. Dia presents public programs and its permanent collection of works from the 1960s through the present at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in New York’s Hudson Valley. In the fall of 2007 Dia initiated a partnership with The Hispanic Society of America in which Dia presents commissions and projects by contemporary artists in the Hispanic Society’s galleries. Dia is actively engaged in a search for a permanent home for its New York City initiatives. Additionally, Dia maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and in Bridgehampton on Long Island. For additional public information, visit www.diaart.org.
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