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Metropolitan Museum Elects New Trustees Linda Macklowe, Merryl Tisch, and Dasha Zhukova

(New York, November 28, 2016)—The Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it has elected three new members: Linda Macklowe, Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, and Dasha Zhukova. The election took place at the November 9 meeting of the Board. Dr. Tisch and Ms. Zhukova will serve as Elective Trustees; Mrs. Macklowe will be an Honorary Trustee.

In making the announcement, Daniel Brodsky, the Board’s Chairman, said: “As we welcome our three new members, we are very pleased to recognize their dedication to art, education, and to fostering community engagement with art and culture. It will be a pleasure to work with them in their new leadership roles on the Museum’s Board. “

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met, continued: “The support of the Board has always been vital to our efforts to build the Museum’s collection and audiences and to make meaningful connections between the world of art and ideas. Our new Board members are all committed to this mission, and I look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

Linda Macklowe

Linda Macklowe has been involved in the arts as a curator, collector, and patron, primarily in the area of modern and contemporary art. She organized public outdoor sculpture exhibitions as a curator of the Hammarskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden (New York City) and at Wave Hill (Riverdale, New York).

Mrs. Macklowe has been active at The Met since becoming a member in 1989. She was a lender and supported education programs for the special exhibition Regarding Warhol (2012). A member of the Chairman’s Council since 2007 and the Modern Circle since 2013, she currently serves on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Mrs. Macklowe is a Board member at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and Guild Hall (East Hampton, Long Island). She also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Advisory Board at Hunter College.

She is a former member of the boards of DIA Art Foundation and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.). Under former New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, she served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Visual Arts.

She is an active collector of post-war and contemporary art.

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch is one of the nation's leading voices on education, having served at the helm of New York State’s governing body for education from 2009 to 2016. As Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, she was responsible for setting education policy and overseeing both public and private education throughout New York.

A member of the Board of Regents for 20 years, she held the position of Vice Chancellor from 2007 to 2009. Her policies were informed by years of experience in the fields of education, community service, and philanthropy, including her work as a first-grade teacher at New York City’s Ramaz School and the B’nai Jeshurun School.

Dr. Tisch currently holds a number of philanthropic and civic positions. She serves as co-chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a leading social services agency.

She also sits on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Citizens Budget Commission. Additionally, she serves on the board of The International Rescue Committee, The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York, and the Board of Overseers for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

She earned a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and received an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Dasha Zhukova

Dasha Zhukova is an entrepreneur, collector, publisher, and philanthropist with a particular interest in modern and contemporary art. In 2008, together with her husband Roman Abramovich, she co-founded Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, the first philanthropic institution in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art. In 2015, as the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the organization moved to its first permanent home, in Gorky Park. Exhibitions, as well as publishing, research, and education activities are housed in a building designed by Rem Koolhaas.

Ms. Zhukova is also the creative director for the cultural, commercial, and residential development of New Holland Island. The eight-acre island in the heart of St. Petersburg was created in 1719 by Peter the Great. It was used by the military for various purposes for most of its history, until it was recently transformed into a vibrant public space through a project spearheaded by Ms. Zhukova and her husband, with support from Ms. Zhukova’s charity, The Iris Foundation.

As Founder and Editorial Director of the biannual publication Garage Magazine, Ms. Zhukova focuses on the collaboration between contemporary art and fashion. She also sits on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and is a founding member of The Shed in New York.

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November 28, 2016

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