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Glenn Adamson
Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson appointed director of Museum of Arts and Design

News: New York's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has appointed Glenn Adamson, the present head of research at London's V&A museum, as its new director.

Adamson, who started his career as an intern at the New York institution, will take up the post next month. He succeeds former director Holly Hotchner, who stepped down in April.

“Glenn has incredible vision and depth of knowledge in the field," said MAD board chairman Lewis Kruger, who announced the appointment yesterday. "As we celebrate the fifth anniversary in our building at Columbus Circle, Glenn’s appointment marks an exciting new chapter in MAD’s trajectory, expanding the role the museum plays in New York, in the US, and around the world.”

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next director of MAD," said Adamson. "I began my career in museums at this institution, working as an intern just after graduating from college, and I have closely followed MAD’s development and expansion in the years since."

MAD, which explores "the intersection of art, craft and design today," moved to its new home on Columbus Circle in Manhattan in 2008. The building was designed by architects Roche-Dinkeloo with interiors by Fox & Fowle Architects.

Boston-born Adamson joined the V&A in London in 2005. Besides heading the museum's reseach department he co-curated the 2011 exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 to 1990 as well as the forthcoming exhibition The Future: A History, which will inaugurate the V&A’s new temporary exhibition galleries when they open in 2017.