After working at the Speed Art Museum for more than eight years, the institution’s first contemporary art curator is leaving. The Speed Art Museum says Julien Robson will leave in July to become the curator of contemporary art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Former director Peter Morrin hired Robson to be the Speed Museum’s first contemporary art curator in 2000. Robson organized bold exhibitions and expanded the museum’s collection of contemporary work. He also assisted local art connoisseurs with building their own collections and worked with artists throughout the city to encourage the creation and showing of local art.
Robson says he believes the current dirctor, Charles Veneble, will grow the programs he and Morrin built.
“With the arrival of Charles, I think that he will facilitate a much greater expansion of contemporary art activity within the museum,” Robson says. “I think he sees it as important for the museum to put contemporary art in the foreground.”
The museum plans to review its programming before launching a search for a new curator.