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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Department of Good News/Bad News

In this case, the news is good for Artspace Executive Director Helen Kauder and Artspace curator Denise Markonish. Kauder—who oversaw the redevelopment of the Chamberlain Building as Artspace's home and, along with Marianne Bernstein and Linn Meyers, founded City-Wide Open Studios—will become the Deputy Director of the prestigious Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. Markonish has proven herself a gifted curator, able to organize exhibits that are intellectually stimulating as well as visually exciting. She will become the new curator at MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

The news is bad for those of us who value the role that Artspace has played in the New Haven art community. Kauder and Markonish, who will both stay on into July, will be tough to replace. I hope to speak with both of them and report more in the coming weeks.


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