Tomb, et alI was surprised. I've never heard his name mentioned as a shining star in terms of intellectual/curatorial leadership (and at 59 he's not a wunderkind), and, to read his bio, he doesn't have experience with fund-raising on the scale that MFA requires. So presumably, he is a solid administrator. Quite the dark horse, I thought, but I'm eager to hear his ideas on future expansion (physical and programmatic).
Very interesting stuff in the Canadian press -- seems he's bailing from Toronto by just packing a toothbrush and grabbing a Porter flight to BOS
My guess is that he's here through the SesquiCentennial year of 2020 when he'll be about as old as Malcolm is today
He makes references to essentially the Crowning Achievement of his career and in particular talks about China and India
So perhaps we are in for a new building to house art of Asia -- Probably in the old parking lot
This might be a perfect balance to the Americas on the other end with the old MFA building housing: Europe, Antiquities, Africa & Oceania, and Contemporary with the various special galleries
from the Globe & Mail
Matthew Teitelbaum leaving as head of Art Gallery of Ontario
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 09 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 09 2015, 10:39 PM EDT
In an interview with The Globe and Mail on Thursday, AGO chair Maxine Granovsky Gluskin said that Mr. Teitelbaum told her of his new job only two weeks ago and swore her to secrecy because it still had to be confirmed by the full MFA board. As a result, there are as yet no mechanisms in place to handle the transition to a post-Teitelbaum AGO – no interim director, no search committee, no outside headhunter and no timeline or date for confirming a full-time replacement.
“But these are early days,” Ms. Granovsky Gluskin said. “Remember, Matthew’s with us until the beginning of July, so this allows some time to put a transition plan in place. … The most important thing is we want to find the right person, the right fit.”
In a brief telephone interview from Boston, Mr. Teitelbaum said it was the MFA that approached him earlier this year about taking the directorship. “If anybody thought I was looking for new challenges and thought it was anywhere other than the AGO, they were mistaken. What I was focused on was the strategic plan which the [AGO] board approved at its last meeting. That was all-engrossing. … I certainly wasn’t talking to anybody until the MFA came to talk to me; I was not looking.”.......
Mr. Teitelbaum said he is going to Boston – a city he knows well, since he was curator of the city’s Institute of Contemporary Art from 1989 to 1993 – for the opportunity to work at an “encyclopedia museum … with a collection and staff … that connects to global issues in a way that I just find completely compelling – the notion of how to activate an Asian collection, how to activate an Indian collection, how to go deeper on early American art and help create a sense of identity through those works. It just seemed to be a set of ideas that were compelling for me at this moment.”