Christopher Bedford is BMA’s New Director

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Mark Bedford (courtesy BMA)
Christopher Bedford (courtesy BMA)

To succeed Doreen Bolger, the Baltimore Museum of Art is looking to a director who will focus on the institution’s civic role.

Christopher Bedford, 39, who is currently the director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, will step into the top role on Art Museum Drive on August 15.

The museum had a new infusion with money, donations and a recently completed renovation that culminated in 2015 with the museum’s 100th anniversary, and Bolger’s retirement. Bedford appears to be intrigued by the role the museum can play in the wider city, telling the New York Times he wants to “reconsider and redefine — and perhaps become a model for — civic engagement.”

“His visionary approach will enable us to more deeply engage our audiences and serve as a creative catalyst for the city,” said Clair Zamoiski Segal, chair of the BMA’s Board of Trustee.

Bedford is also the commissioner for the United States Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The selection generated buzz not only because of its place in the contemporary art world, but also because of his plan to work with top contemporary painter Mark Bradford for the exhibit.

Prior to his role at Brandeis, he was a head curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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