Salli Tallant, head of the biennial in Liverpool, England, was named the new director of the Kueens Museum in New York. Tallant will succeed Laura Raicovich – who got up from the cabinet at the institution in January after disagreeing with the museum committee – next spring. During his three-year mandate, Raicovic was open to his political views and clashed with the committee over an event held by an institution sponsored by the Israeli government. Her departure sparked a debate about the role and responsibilities of the museum today.
As director of the Liverpool Biennial, Tallant faced difficulties earlier this year, when one of the works of art included in his latest edition, which was closed on October 28, was repeatedly targeted by a vandal. List, the huge installation of Turkish artist Banu Cennetoglu with the name 34.361 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who died as they tried to reach Europe since 2013, was broken up on several occasions, leading to the mayor's denial of "Fascist bandits" behind the attack. Prior to joining the Biennial, Tallant served as head of the program at the Serpentine Gallery in London from 2001 to 2011. He is also a member of the International Biennial Association and members of the Regional Art Council in London, England.
"Her unique combination of domestic and global experience in the art world has made her an excellent choice for managing museums in Cuenca and for serving a distinctly distinctly international environment," said Mark J. Coleman, chairman of the museum committee.
Commenting on her new post, Tallant said: "With the difficulties and stresses we see in the world today, institutions like the Kueens Museum are crucial in terms of creating cultural spaces for people dealing with urgent issues of our time."