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Blanton Museum of Art Curator Heads to National Gallery of Art

Jonathan Bober, Senior Curator of European Art

Jonathan Bober, Senior Curator of European Art

Jonathan Bober accepts post as Curator and Head of the Department of Old Master Prints

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin announces the departure of curator Jonathan Bober. Bober, Senior Curator of European Art since 2010, and prior to that, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Painting since 1988, will leave The Blanton effective April 30, 2011 to serve as Curator and Head of the Department of Old Master Prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Blanton director Ned Rifkin remarked, “Over his twenty three years of dedicated service, Jonathan Bober has made an exceptional contribution to The Blanton. His focus on, and great passion for deepening the museum’s collection of prints and drawings and paintings from Europe, has distinguished him in numerous ways. It is a great tribute to his excellent work here that our country’s museum, The National Gallery of Art, has invited him to continue his work in Washington, D.C. , affording him an even larger national and international platform. All of us at The Blanton wish him every possible success in his new position and will look for great things from him in the future.”

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During his tenure at The Blanton, Bober was responsible for the acquisition of over 11,000 works of art of considerable range and the highest quality, including those in the Suida-Manning and Leo Steinberg collections. Among the countless exhibitions, large and small, that he has conceived and presented at The Blanton, arguably none was more revelatory than The Language of Prints, 2008.

Concurrent with the national annual meeting of the Print Council of America, the exhibition, and its proposition of an innovative framework for examining this medium, prompted much excited dialogue and re-thinking of traditional approaches. Bober’s in-depth scholarship of the Genoese Renaissance master, Luca Cambiaso, resulted in the first major US exhibition of the artist – Luca Cambiaso, 1527 – 1585, in partnership with Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale – and the first publication on the artist in English. Beyond his exhibitions and collection building, Bober has mentored and trained hundreds of graduate students, who cite his passionate tutelage with gratitude and pride. The rich legacy that he leaves behind has profoundly impacted both the past achievements and the present potential of the Blanton Museum of Art.

Jonathan Bober, Senior Curator of European Art

Jonathan Bober, Senior Curator of European Art

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One response to “Blanton Museum of Art Curator Heads to National Gallery of Art”

  1. joyce says:

    Anyone who knows what is happening at the Blanton is outraged by Bober’s forced departure. Rifkin has done everything humanly possible to make Bober’s continued stay at the Blanton untenable. If there is any cosmic justice, William Powers will be held accountabile for the grotesque mistake he made in hiring Rifkin, a fraud who has left a trail of destruction everywhere he has held a directorship. (Check out Rifkin’s cozy relationship to Enron when he was in Houston.) Bober’s departure is a huge loss for UT and Texas!