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Jewish Museum Announces New Director

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On Wednesday, the Jewish Museum announced Claudia Gould, who currently runs Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art (I.C.A.), will take over leadership of the museum. Gould will replace Joan Rosenbaum, who has been at the museum's helm for 30 years, this fall.

During her time at the I.C.A., Gould has doubled the museum's attendance and tripled its number of exhibitions and staff members. In a press release, the Jewish Museum hinted that Gould was brought on board to achieve the same kind of growth at her new post, especially among the younger audiences that many cultural institutions are eager to court these days.

"As someone especially conversant in all the ways that museums reach and ignite interest of the public today, Claudia will help the Jewish Museum continue to engage our existing audience and speak to ever broader and more diverse new audiences, including younger generations of museumgoers," said Robert A. Pruzan, chairman of the museum's board of directors.

Gould's career as an arts administrator stretches a long time back. Previous to her stint at the I.C.A., she headed a number of other contemporary art organizations, including Artists Space in Soho and the Kawamata Project on Roosevelt Island.

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