The Artstor Board recently approved the appointment of two new members: Anne d’Harnoncourt, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Carol A. Mandel, the Dean, Division of Libraries at New York University.
Miss d’Harnoncourt has served as The George D. Widener Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1982 and as both Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum since 1997. During her tenure as Director, she has built a distinguished professional staff and encouraged a sequence of major exhibitions and publications by Museum curators, in addition to overseeing a massive project to reinstall all of the European collections and the recent purchase of a neighboring landmark building to enable future expansion. Prior to her role as Director, Miss d’Harnoncourt served as Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Museum from 1972 to 1982. As a specialist in the art of Marcel Duchamp, she organized a major retrospective exhibition in 1973-1974, which also traveled to The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Art Institute of Chicago. While Miss d’Harnoncourt was curator, the Museum made a commitment to build its contemporary collections and acquired important works by Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Katherine Anne Porter, and Frank Stella, among others. Miss d’Harnoncourt has written numerous articles and publications about Duchamp, John Cage and other topics in 20th-century art.
Ms. Mandel has served as the Dean, Division of Libraries at New York University since 1999, where she provides leadership for a system of libraries and special collections, the University Archives, TV and Media Services, Classroom Media Services and the New York University Press. Previously, she served as the Deputy University Librarian at Columbia University. The focus of her professional interests includes digital library development, scholarly publishing, and preservation and bibliographical access. She serves in board or advisory committee capacities for the Digital Library Federation, the Association of Research Libraries, OCLC, and the Research Libraries Group. Ms. Mandel’s recent scholarly articles and presentations have explored the transition of research libraries into digital libraries.
In announcing these appointments, Neil L. Rudenstine – Chair of the Artstor Board – commented: “I want to join with all the members of Artstor’s Board in welcoming Anne d’Harnoncourt and Carol Mandel. Anne is one of the pre-eminent museum Directors in the United States and abroad, and Carol is widely admired for her pioneering work in developing digital and related resources within the context of traditional research library systems. Together, these two distinguished individuals will bring extraordinary talents, experience, and wisdom to the Board’s deliberations, and we appreciate their willingness to devote time and energy to helping shape Artstor’s future.”