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September 11, 2014

Changing of the Guard at Brooklyn Museum and Dia Foundation

Arnold Lehman, who guided the Brooklyn Museum through growth and controversy during 17 years as director, has announced plans to retire next year, The New York Times writes. The Times also reports that New York's Dia Art Foundation has hired a new director, luring Jessica Morgan from London's Tate Modern.

Mr. Lehman, who previously led the Baltimore Museum of Art for 18 years, said he would leave the Brooklyn post in June. His tenure saw the museum more than double its attendance and endowment, which currently stands at $123-million, and mount several major international shows. A 1999 exhibition of young British artists that included a depiction of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung put the museum at the center of the culture wars.

Ms. Morgan, the Tate's curator of international art, joins Dia amid its yearslong effort to raise money for a new Manhattan location and establish a stronger presence on New York's crowded contemporary-arts scene. She replaces Philippe Vergne, who left the foundation earlier this year to become director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.