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Paul Roth Leaves the Corcoran, Again

paul-rothFor the second time in three years, curator Paul Roth is leaving the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Art in America's Brian Boucher reports that Roth has taken a job with Toronto's Ryerson University, where he will serve as director of the prestigious Ryerson Image Centre.

Roth has served as the Corcoran's senior curator of art and director of photography and media arts since 2011. Prior to that, he worked as a curator at the Corcoran for almost 15 years, a career that he left in 2009 to take on executive director duties at the Richard Avedon Foundation.

Once again, he takes with him one of the region's strongest curatorial voices. Roth curated several of the best photography shows to come to the region, among them Sally Mann's "What Remains" (2004), Richard Avedon's "Portraits of Power" (2008), and Edward Burtynsky's "Oil" (2009).

The timing finds the museum on uncertain footing. Since the City Paper broke the news last year of the decision by Corcoran leaders to consider selling its Beaux-Arts home near the White House and move elsewhere in the region, the board has instead decided to retrench—with the potential support of the University of Maryland. In an email to the Corcoran community last month, interim director and president Peggy Loar said that "discussions regarding the potential partnership with the University of Maryland" were ongoing.

Image courtesy the Richard Avedon Foundation

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