Michael Taylor appointed director of Dartmouth’s Hood Museum

We got a note from Michael Taylor, the Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, this weekend.  He wanted us to pass on to you, dear readers, this news (maybe you already read it in the Inquirer).

Quoting Michael, “It is with mixed emotions that I have to tell you that I am leaving Philadelphia after 15 wonderful years at the PMA. I have accepted a director position at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, where I will begin work on August 15. I would love it if you could share this news with your readers, as I have been such a fan of your blog since it started and so many of my friends and supporters are avid readers of your posts.”

We have five words for this: Congratulations, Michael!! We’re sad already!!

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Michael Taylor, Muriel Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, takes over directorship of the Hood Museum Aug. 15

We will miss Taylor but we know the Hood Museum is gaining a terrific director, whose passion for art and compassion as a human being are examples to us all.  Catch some clips of Michael in action in these PMA videos related to the recent Picasso exhibit.  You’ll see how infectious his enthusiasm is…and how deep his knowledge.

Michael embraced the local art scene and was known to go to openings of local artists’ show–something quite rare in a curator of a major museum. We are all very sorry to see him go but wish him the best in his new job.