Position includes overseeing Dia:Beacon
The Board of Trustees of Dia Art Foundation has announced the appointment of Jessica Morgan as its next director. Since 2002, Morgan has been a curator at Tate, and in 2010 she became Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, at Tate Modern in London. She is the artistic director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, which opened on Sept. 5, 2014. She assumes her position at Dia in January 2015.
According to a released statement Morgan will lead Dia into its next era, strengthening and activating all parts of Dia’s multivalent program, including its pioneering Western land projects, site-specific commissions, and collections and programs at Dia:Beacon, as well as reinvigorating its artistic and intellectual presence in New York City.
“The Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically voted to appoint Jessica Morgan as Dia’s fifth director,” said Nathalie de Gunzburg, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “When we met with Morgan and spent time sharing ideas and exploring her vision for Dia, we knew that her commitment to artists, coupled with her rigorous curatorial approach and exhibition history — both deeply rooted in scholarship — mirrored what Dia has stood for over its history.”
“Dia has been the intellectual touchstone for me in my formative years as a student and curator. I have carried its ethos for putting artists first into all of my subsequent work in the U.S., U.K., and beyond. I am honored to lead and advance what I believe is an institution of singular vision and commitment to artists at a moment in its history and at a time when the art world is changing,” Morgan said. “More than ever, artists — and the public — need and deserve the long-term support of artists that Dia has championed.”
Dia Art Foundation, founded in 1974, is committed to initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia:Beacon opened in May 2003, in Beacon, New York. Dia also maintains several long-term, site-specific projects. Dia also commissions original artists’ projects produced for the web and produces scholarly publications. Dia currently presents temporary installations, performances, lectures, and readings on West 22nd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City. Plans for a new project space are underway.
Photo by Olivia Hemingway courtesy of Dia