Posts Tagged ‘Martin Sullivan’

Martin Sullivan, Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Dies at 70

Former National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan has died, the Associated Press reports.
During Sullivan's tenure as director, the museum extended the purview of its commissioned portraits beyond those of American presidents and first ladies to include such figures as Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Alice Waters. Perhaps more importantly, under Sullivan's leadership, the National Portrait Gallery expanded the range of its [...]

Five Portraitists Who Deserve a Spot in the National Portrait Gallery

Martin Sullivan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, announced this week that he will step down, leaving a leadership gap at the museum. That isn’t the institution’s biggest problem, however. It has long suffered under its self-imposed conservative mission, one that assembles artworks as so many images in a celebrity slideshow. Granted, the Portrait [...]

National Portrait Gallery Director to Step Down

National Portrait Gallery Director Martin Sullivan, who weathered a political storm after Secretary of the Smithsonian G. Wayne Clough censored an artwork on display in the museum's "Hide/Seek" show in late 2010, is stepping down for health reasons. The museum's curator of prints and drawings, Wendy Wick Reaves, will serve as acting director while a [...]

International War Over Wojnarowicz Video Unlikely

As Tyler Green reported at ARTINFO, artist A.A. Bronson has asked that the National Portrait Gallery return his work, Felix, June 5, 1994, on view in the "Hide/Seek" exhibit. This is a notable development because Bronson's stark, large-scale print occupies a significant place in the exhibition layout. It's also noteworthy because the National Portrait Gallery [...]

Four Facts About the National Portrait Gallery Controversy

The fracas at the National Portrait Gallery continues today with a protest organized by Transformer. Dozens and maybe even hundreds of artists and arts supporters—those who didn't head down to South Beach for the Miami Art Basel fairs, that is—intend to meet at Transformer in Logan Circle at 5:30 p.m. to descend on the National [...]

Another Summer, Another Search for a Museum Director

Corcoran director Paul Greenhalgh resigned yesterday, and if Corcoran employees want to commiserate, they should look no further than their neighbors on the Mall. In the past few years, the District's art museums and organizations have experienced a high rate of turnover for their top jobs, especially at high-profile institutions like the Hirshhorn and the [...]