Daniel H. Weiss, who was appointed president of the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in 2015 and chief govt in 2017, will resign in June subsequent 12 months. Weiss guided the Met by a number of main challenges throughout his tenure, together with balancing the museum’s $310m working price range, elevating greater than $1.5bn in non-public help and overseeing important infrastructure initiatives.
Weiss lately launched three main architectural initiatives that may rework the museum, together with the reconstruction of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing that homes the museum’s assortment of sub-Saharan African, Oceanic and historic American artworks; the $40m renovation of the Historic Close to Japanese and Cypriot galleries; and the $500m refurbishment of the Trendy Wing that will likely be partly realised with a $125m reward from the Met trustees Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang.
Another infrastructure initiatives accomplished since Weiss was appointed embrace the $150m renovation of the European work galleries; the key improve of the musical devices galleries and the $22m enlargement and refurbishment of the British galleries. He additionally oversaw the switch of the previous residence of the Whitney Museum, a Marcel Breuer-designed constructing on Madison Avenue, to the Frick.
Weiss served because the interim director of the Met between the alleged ousting of its former director, Thomas P. Campbell, who resigned in 2017 amid criticism from trustees and employees because the museum confronted an estimated $40m deficit, and the appointment of the present director Max Hollein in 2018.
Amid polarising conversations round range and museums in 2020, the Met appointed its inaugural curator of Indigenous artwork, Patricia Norby, and a chief range officer, Lavita McMath Turner. Weiss additionally helped navigate the controversy surrounding donations from the Sackler household and the final word elimination of the Sackler identify from seven galleries of the museum in 2021.
Weiss launched a brand new admissions coverage in 2018, requiring that non-New Yorkers pay a $25 charge. The museum had document attendance ranges throughout his tenure, with round 7 million yearly guests.
In an announcement, Weiss writes that the Met is an “intergenerational establishment in service to the world [with] an unparalleled assortment and the assets to help one of the vital bold cultural programmes on the planet”.
He provides, “Having simply accomplished our five-year strategic plan with my colleague and companion, director Max Hollein, subsequent 12 months would be the proper time for a management transition. I’ve each confidence that the museum is on a path to a powerful future.”
Earlier than becoming a member of the Met, Weiss was the president of Haverford School in Pennsylvania, and was beforehand the dean of John Hopkins College in Baltimore, Maryland, the place he additionally accomplished his grasp’s diploma in Medieval and Trendy artwork in 1985, whereas subsequently acquiring an MBA from the Yale Faculty of Administration. In 1992, he accomplished his PhD in Western Medieval and Byzantine Artwork, with a minor in Classical Greek artwork and structure.
The Met’s board of trustees will evaluate the long run management construction of the museum all through the approaching months.