Dr. Charlotte Eyerman Elected FRAME American Director

NEW YORK, November 8, 2010 — Dr. Charlotte Eyerman, an art historian, curator, and consultant in Los Angeles who is an acknowledged expert in 19th-century French art and a leading authority in modern and contemporary art, has been appointed American Director of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange) by its Founder and Co-Chairman, Elizabeth Rohatyn. The announcement was made today by Mrs. Rohatyn, on behalf of the Board of Trustees of FRAME, a formal collaboration of 12 museums in France and 12 museums in North America that serves as a catalyst for cultural exchange between France and the United States.

Dr. Eyerman has held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in the Department of Paintings, as well as at the Saint Louis Art Museum, where she was Curator and Department Head of Modern and Contemporary Art. Most recently, she was a director at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills. Dr. Eyerman has published scholarly essays and has lectured extensively at museums and universities nationally and internationally.  She has curated numerous exhibitions including Courbet and the Modern Landscape, for which she was co-curator and co-author of the catalogue (Getty, 2006) and Action/Abstraction: Pollock, deKooning, and American Art, 1940-1976," organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, for which she was a consulting curator, curator of the St. Louis venue, and catalogue essayist (St. Louis, 2008). Action/Abstraction won awards for excellence from the Association of International Art Critics, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the National Jewish Book Award.

She also curated contemporary and new media exhibitions in St. Louis including Doug Aitken, Migration: Empire, Tom Friedman, Ream, Catherine Yass, Descent, and Claudia Schmacke, Dark Matters.  She founded an art consultancy business, ElucidArt, Inc. (Los Angeles, 1999-2002), and was on the faculty at Union College in the Visual Arts Department from 1994-2001, where she was named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor in 1996.  She earned Master's and Ph.D. degrees in the History of Art at the University of California at Berkeley.  A recipient of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Georges Lurcy Foundation fellowships that supported her doctoral work, Dr. Eyerman is fluent in French.  She holds a B.A. in English from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. 

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In describing some of the special characteristics that uniquely qualify Dr. Eyerman for the FRAME position, Mrs. Rohatyn noted that Charlotte is the perfect choice for FRAME as she has been a past member of FRAME representing the Saint Louis Art Museum and served on FRAME's Executive Committee from 2007-2009. I am delighted that she will be sharing her brilliant art historical expertise and dynamic leadership with FRAME as we move ahead with ambitious FRAME projects.

In accepting the position, Dr. Eyerman stated, “I am delighted and honored to be appointed American Director of FRAME. I look forward to working closely with Mrs. Rohatyn, the Board, the American museum directors, FRAME staff and consultants, and our colleagues in France.  FRAME was built on a vision of intellectual and cultural élan and generosity. I aim to build on that foundation to provide a strong, responsive executive voice that honors the past and ensures future success.”

Dr. Eyerman will immediately become involved with the planning and coordination of important FRAME projects, including overseeing FRAME’s role in the continuation of the first and only U.S. exhibition tour to six FRAME museums of The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy. This critically acclaimed exhibition, co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France, under the auspices of FRAME, is currently on view through January 2 at the Dallas Museum of Art. It opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in March 2010 before its presentation at the Saint Louis Art Museum this summer. Dr. Eyerman will co-preside at FRAME's 13th Annual Meeting in Strasbourg, France beginning November 17 where exhibition and educational programs are planned and developed by its members, as well as new initiatives and projects that engage the expertise and collections of FRAME museums.

A search committee comprised of Elizabeth Rohatyn; Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and FRAME Trustee; Michael Conforti, Director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Director of the Portland Art Museum, OR; and Bonnie Pittman, The Eugene McDermott Director of Dallas Museum of Art was assisted in its national search by Naree Viner, Principal with  Heidrick & Struggles' Education & Social Enterprise Practice.  Dr. Eyerman's appointment was the result of an extensive and highly competitive national search, said Mrs. Rohatyn.

Pierrette Lacour, FRAME Coordinator
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