KATONAH, N.Y. -- Board President Tara Coniaris and the board of trustees of the Katonah Museum of Art announced the appointment of new Executive Director Darsie Alexander.
She leaves her current position as chief curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, to assume her new role at the KMA on March 1.
"We are thrilled to bring Darsie on board as our next executive," said Coniaris.
"Her excellent track record as a curator, innovative approach to audience engagement, and remarkable career at leading american museums made her an exceptional candidate who will bring visionary leadership to the KMA." Alexander looks forward to seizing upon the KMA's unique features, including the physical intimacy of the Edward Larrabee Barnes building.
"Great museums come in many shapes and sizes," Alexander says.
"An agile, non-collecting museum with close links to its community and New York City like the KMA occupies an essential spot in the landscape of art today. It is free to undertake exciting, in-depth program initiatives that may not work on a larger platform."
Alexander has a proven track record of producing multi-disciplinary exhibitions that are significant for their artistic merit and great fun to experience.
She began her career as a photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art, serving as the photography liaison for "Modern Starts: MoMA2000," a museum-wide millennial project. Alexander received MoMA's Lee Tanenbaum Award for curatorial excellence.
Alexander's new exhibition "International Pop" will open in Minneapolis at the Walker in 2015 before traveling to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Following her tenure at MoMA and prior to joining the Walker in 2009, Alexander was senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art where she organized the critically acclaimed exhibition, "SlideShow," and originated the museum's "Front Room Series," devoted to short-term artist residencies.
Raised in Mass., Alexander earned her master's degree in art history at Williams College and bachelor's degree from Bates College.
Alexander is married to curator David E. Little and the couple has two children.