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SITE SANTA FE NAMES
CHARLES A. STAINBACK AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Santa Fe, NM—SITE Santa Fe announced today the appointment of Charles A. Stainback
as its new executive director. Stainback is the Dayton Director of the Francis Young
Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and Professor of Liberal Studies at Skidmore
College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Stainback succeeds Louis Grachos, who was
named director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, in January 2003,
and who led SITE Santa Fe to national and international prominence. Stainback’s
appointment by the Board of Directors of SITE Santa Fe is effective on September 1,
2003. The appointment was announced today by Bobbie Foshay-Miller, President of
SITE Santa Fe’s Board of Directors.
“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Charlie Stainback will be the next executive
director of SITE Santa Fe,” Foshay-Miller said in her announcement. “Charlie’s many
years of experience as a museum director and curator make him the perfect choice to lead
SITE Santa Fe at this stage in its growth. Everyone will enjoy his team spirit, his great
sense of humor, and his ingratiating manner. We look forward to working with Charlie to
maintain SITE Santa Fe’s extraordinary programs and to implement the many new
exciting ideas he suggests.”
“To say I was thrilled to be chosen as SITE Santa Fe's next director is an understatement.
I am honored to be able to take on the challenge of this important institution and hope I
can build upon the rich history that has made SITE one of this country's premier spaces
for contemporary art,” Stainback said.
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Stainback joined Skidmore in 1997, and during his tenure he oversaw the conception,
design, and construction of a new interdisciplinary arts facility—The Francis Young
Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. The Tang, which opened in October 2000, was
designed by the renowned Albuquerque-based architect Antoine Predock.
For the opening of the Tang Museum, Stainback curated S.O.S.: Scenes of Sounds, a
multimedia, interdisciplinary exhibition that included everything from a Chatty Cathy
doll to the 25 sounds patented by the U.S. Patent Office to artworks by a wide range of
artists including Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Rebecca Horn, Ann Hamilton, and
Martin Kersels. Since its opening, the Tang has risen to national attention for its
innovative programs and stunningly beautiful publications. Over the past two and a half
years, the Tang has shown the work of over 200 contemporary artists and mounted
exhibitions that have ranged from Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution to
Kara Walker: Narrative of a Negress.
Recently, Stainback curated the first U.S. presentation of the Sonnabend
Collection—From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection—which was
shown at the Tang as well as the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. As
Holland Cotter noted in his review of the exhibition for The New York Times, “Under Mr.
Stainback [the Tang] has a lively, forward-looking exhibition program…. At the same
time…it has its eye on history and how that works. In such an environment, the
Sonnabend collection is right at home.”
Previously, Stainback was the director of exhibitions for the International Center of
Photography in New York City. He has also served as the founding director of the
Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; and assistant director of The
Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Stainback holds
a B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a M.F.A from the State University of
New York at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop.
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Stainback has been involved in the arts as a practitioner, educator, and curator for more
than two decades. Over the last 10 years, he has published several books and curated
numerous exhibitions on some of the most challenging and important work by
contemporary artists including Vik Muniz: Seeing is Believing (1998), David
Levinthal: Works from 1975-1996 (1997), Special Collections: The Photographic
Order from Pop to Now (1993-1994), Jeff Wolin: Written on Memory (1991), The
Anonymous Other: Photographic Installations by Christian Boltanski, Barbara Bloom
and Alfredo Jaar (1991), Bruce Charlesworth: Private Enemy/Public Eye (1988), and
Portrayals (1987). In 1995 he co-curated Along the Frontier: Video Installations by
Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Francesc Torres and Bill Viola, a special exhibition
that toured Russia and Eastern Europe. Among Stainback’s current projects are a mid-
career survey of the German photographer Elger Esser (one of the last students of
famed photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher), and a soon-to-be-announced exhibition
that will bring together some of America’s most compelling creative individuals with
hidden treasures from the Barnes Foundation.
Stainback’s wife, Kitty Bowe Hearty, a writer and special project publicist for
independent films, will be joining him in Santa Fe. They both will be on hand for
AUCTION SITE, SITE Santa Fe’s 2003 Summer Benefit Auction, to be held on
Saturday, July 12, and they will relocate to Santa Fe by September 2003.
SITE Santa Fe
As the premier contemporary arts venue in the Southwest, SITE Santa Fe is an important
resource for local and global arts audiences alike. Its international biennial exhibitions are
attended by enthusiastic crowds from all over the world, while the year-round
exhibitions, public programming events, and education and outreach activities make
outstanding contributions to Santa Fe’s thriving arts scene. The Fifth International
Biennial, scheduled for the summer of 2004, will be curated by prominent American
curator Robert Storr, formerly of the Museum of Modern Art. Storr’s appointment as the
next biennial curator will continue to guarantee SITE Santa Fe’s status as a top-flight,
world-class contemporary art institution.
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