The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has named Glenn Adamson its new Nanette L. Laitman director. Adamson, who currently leads the research department at London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, assumes his new role on October 15.
As V&A’s head of research, Adamson helps initiate and shape major exhibitions, manages partnerships with museums and universities, and leads academic fundraising. During his tenure, he also has curated design exhibitions such as Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 to 1990, which opened in 2011 and traveled to Italy and Switzerland, and The Future: A History, slated to debut in 2017. Adamson is the author of The Invention of Craft, The Craft Reader, and Thinking Through Craft, as well as founding co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft, a peer-reviewed academic journal.
“Glenn is one of the most important craft theorists working today and a respected leader in the field,” Michele Cohen, chair of MAD’s director search committee, said in a statement. “His international perspective meshes perfectly with MAD’s exhibition and education program. It was this which distinguished him in our worldwide search for a new director.”
Adamson succeeds Holly Hotchner, who stepped down as MAD’s director in late April.