Following Change in Leadership, Museum of Arts and Design Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton Resigns -ARTnews

Shannon R. Stratton.


Shannon R. Stratton has resigned from her position as chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York after serving in the role since 2015. During her time with the museum she has overseen more than 30 exhibitions, and she will continue as a consultant through the opening of the show “Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes” in May.

Chris Scoates, who was appointed as the museum’s director last year after years as the director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, said of Stratton in a statement, “We are grateful for her curatorial vision, which has challenged preconceived perceptions of craft both within and outside of the museum, and for the countless ways in which she enriched our organization.”

In the same statement, Stratton said, “It has been gratifying to reflect on the work my team and I were able to accomplish over the last four years.” In a letter sent to friends and colleagues, Stratton wrote of her departure, “It is not a decision I took lightly, but have concluded with the change in leadership that my curatorial vision for the museum is no longer in step with its future.”

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