T. Barton Thurber Named Director of Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center -ARTnews

He begins at the museum in August.

T. Barton Thurber.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, has named a new director: T. Barton Thurber. Thurber will take the reins from James Mundy, who is retiring after 28 years overseeing the museum. He will begin at the museum on August 5.

Thurber comes from the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey, where he served as associate director for collections and exhibitions. His curatorial credits at that institution include commissioning an outdoor work by Titus Kaphar, and he also helped facilitate an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded initiative that has involved researching work by black, indigenous, and Latin American artists. Prior to working at Princeton, Thurber had been a curator of European art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“Bart brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and we are delighted to welcome him to our Vassar community,” Elizabeth Bradley, the college’s president, said in a statement. “While we are saddened to say good-bye to the incomparable James Mundy, he leaves us with a legacy that has transformed the Loeb into one of the finest college art museums in the country.”

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