MoMA curator to head Miami Art Museum


Published: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 10:25 p.m.
MIAMI - New York's Museum of Modern Art curator Terence Riley has agreed to take the helm of the Miami Art Museum as it prepares to move to its new, expanded site overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Riley, who has served as MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design for 14 years, is set to begin his new job in March.
Miami Art's board of trustees president Mary Frank said that Riley was the board's unanimous choice.
''He's going to be able to help us not just build a great building but build a great museum,'' she said.
Riley, 51, will replace Suzanne Delehanty, who has headed the museum since its inception a decade ago.
As the museum's new director, Riley will face a challenging task - ushering the museum from a local landmark to an institution which civic leaders hope will play a major role in the international art scene.
Among Riley's top priorities will be hiring an architect to design the new $175 million museum that voters approved as part of the 29-acre Museum Park Miami in 2004.

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