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MAG names veteran curator as new director

Rochester Business Journal
July 7, 2014

Jonathan Binstock speaks after he is announced as the new director of the Memorial Art Gallery during a news conference at University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester)

The University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery has a new director.

Jonathan Binstock has been named the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark director of the MAG. He previously was a senior vice president and senior adviser in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank's Art Advisory & Finance group in New York City.

His background includes more than a decade of curatorial work in major American museums, university officials said.

"I am thrilled that Jonathan has accepted this role that is so important to our gallery, the university and the Rochester community," said UR president Joel Seligman, in a statement. "He brings a wealth of experience in major art museums, exceptional expertise, and a vision and enthusiasm for engaging art lovers and learners of all ages."

Memorial Art Gallery board of managers chair Jim Durfee said Binstock has the board’s full support.

"Jonathan comes to us with a unique set of experiences in the art world,” Durfee said. “He has an enthusiasm for everything MAG has accomplished over the years and is looking forward to leading us into our next chapter."

Binstock succeeds Grant Holcomb, who retired July 1 after nearly 29 years as MAG director.

During Holcomb’s tenure, the gallery staged high-profile exhibitions featuring the work of Maxfield Parrish, Edgar Degas, Georgia O’Keeffe and others.

Binstock praised MAG as “a gem of a museum and one of the University of Rochester's and the region's greatest treasures.”

“There is so much to build on,” he said, “from MAG's extraordinary collection to the good will it receives from its devoted staff, volunteers and board leadership. My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Rochester community and enjoying its high quality of life."

Binstock is an expert in post-World War II art. He has taught art history at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from which he holds a master's degree and a doctorate in art history. He received his undergraduate degree in art history and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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