Louis Grachos Announced as AMoA-Arthouse Director

Louis Grachos has been named executive director of the Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse, and will take on his fulltime job responsibilities in Austin on January 1, 2013. Grachos has resigned his post as director of the Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, in Buffalo, NY; which he joined in 2002 after a roughly seven-year stint running the art kunshalle, SITE Santa Fe.

According to the Buffalo News “Grachos will be missed.” At Albright-Knox, Grachos extended the contemporary program but also presided over a deaccession of antiquities from the museum’s collection. (See RealClearArts post here.) The Buffalo News reported, “Grachos’s most lasting impact – and his most controversial action – was to sell some 200 popular objects from the collection to raise money to fund the endowment for contemporary work. In the end, the sale in 2006 and 2007 added $67 million to the gallery’s fund for new acquisitions, but also stirred resentment.”

Grachos comes to Austin as AMoA-Arthouse‘s newest director after a seven-month search.

Feature image: archives.buffalorising.com

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