“A refreshing optimism is coursing through the Palm Springs Art Museum following its announcement Wednesday that its new CEO and executive director will start on July 15.
The past several months have been particularly tough for the institution. Its chairman, Steve Maloney, died in March, followed by the resignation of the previous CEO and executive director, Louis Grachos, and a board shakeup that saw philanthropist Harold Matzner abdicate his longtime executive vice chairmanship. Add the controversial deaccession of a Helen Frankenthaler painting, the unraveling of a few popular programs, and a global pandemic that halved the museum’s operating budget, gutted its staff, and shuttered its Palm Desert exhibition space and you wonder who can right this ship…”

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