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May 20, 2015

Brooklyn Museum Finds New Head in World of Alternative Arts

Looking outside the museum world for new leadership, the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday named Anne Pasternak, president of New York arts group Creative Time, as its next director, writes The New York Times.

Ms. Pasternak will take office on September 1, succeeding Arnold Lehman, who is retiring in June after nearly 18 years that saw him reshape the institution in search of new audiences.

Ms. Pasternak, 50, will be the first woman to run New York's second-biggest art museum. She has spent most of her career with nonprofit culture groups staging exhibitions and events in alternative spaces. In her two decades at Creative Time, the group earned a reputation for socially engaged programming and grew from a $350,000 organization with one full-time employee to a $5 million budget and a staff of 25. She said she aims to build on Mr. Lehman's "extraordinary and hard-won advances in terms of inclusion and diversity."