The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced that Louis Marchesano has been named the institution’s new Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. He will succeed Innis Shoemaker, who retired after more than thirty years at the museum earlier this year. Marchesano will take office in January 2019.
Commenting on his new role, Marchesano said, “I am absolutely thrilled to take on such an important position, overseeing a distinguished collection and department, which has recently generated groundbreaking exhibitions and publications on Paul Strand, modern Mexican printmaking, German romantic prints. , and self-taught art from the Bonovitz collection.
Marchesano comes to the institution from the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles where he has been Curator of Prints and Drawings since 2002. During his tenure, he helped develop the Prints and Drawings collection of the GRI, increasing the number of works on paper ranging from the 15th to the 20th century.
“Louis will bring a wealth of experience to his new position and has proven himself to be an exceptional leader, capable administrator and valued colleague,” Director and CEO Timothy Rub said in a statement. It is not only the breadth of his experience, but also the breadth of his interests in the field that made Louis such a compelling candidate for this position.