James Wood, the CEO of The Getty Center in Los Angeles and prominent museum leader and scholar, passed away at the age of 69. Jori Finkel called him a “leader among museum leaders” in this post on Culture Monster, an arts blog that is part of the LA Times.
Michael Govan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art:
James Wood and Anne d’Harnoncourt [of the Philadelphia Museum of Art] were the two museum directors that people really looked up to — they were the ones who made it safe for people like me to go into the museum world. They had a kind of clarity and elegance about their sense of purpose, what they were doing and how they were doing it. They were leaders, that was clear: They composed themselves as leaders, they spoke of themselves as leaders.
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