Art Institute of Chicago director James Cuno has resigned to become the president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He announced the news in an email to staff this morning. (That email is in the jump.)
In Cuno’s announcement, he cites the Getty’s role in cultural heritage issues as a motivating factor in his decision to take the job. In 2008, Cuno came onto MAN for a Q&A on his most recent book, “Who Owns Antiquity?” Check it out here.
It is with mixed emotions that I write to announce my resignation as President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have accepted the position of President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles.
It has been a privilege working with you these past seven years. I arrived with the opening of Millennium Park and saw the addition of the Modern Wing transform the museum, allowing us to present our collections to their best advantage, provide an inspiring home for our Museum Education programs, and deepen our engagement with the city by connecting directly with the park.
The Art Institute is our nation’s greatest civic art museum, a model for how a museum can be central to the life and vitality of a modern metropolis, and, with your continued good work, it will continue to be so far, far into the future.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is a very different kind of institution. It comprises the Getty Museum, including the Villa which is dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and study of antiquities of the Mediterranean basin; the Getty Research Institute, which houses the nation’s largest library of art history materials and hosts dozens of scholars and research fellows annually; the Getty Conservation Institute, which promotes and executes the conservation of art historically important sites and structures around the world; and the Getty Foundation, which supports individuals and institutions engaged in art historical scholarship the world over.
As you know, I have grown increasingly interested in the study, preservation, and sharing of international cultural property.
Through all of its activities, the Getty Trust is a world leader in this field. I would never have left the Art Institute for another museum. Only an institution like the Getty Trust could have convinced me to leave.
My last day at the museum will be June 30. Thank you for your friendship and support. I look forward to visiting the museum often and watching it thrive in every way.