We are down to the final months of our Frank Gehry-designed expansion. Our installations of extraordinary art are well under way, and innovative interpretive strategies are almost ready for prime time. At first it seemed we would never get to this point. Now it seems as if we are hurtling toward the reopening at the speed of light.
The loyalty and commitment of our members can never be overstated. You’ve stayed with us throughout this remarkable journey and you’ll be memorably welcomed home to your new AGO this fall. Membership prices will increase nominally when the Gallery reopens – our first increase in ten years – but renewing right now allows you to take advantage of current prices. Our new membership program offers more benefits than ever before, beginning with exclusive preview events prior to the grand opening and invitations to special lectures and tours. This is the best time to be a member. By renewing early (and by encouraging your friends to join, as well), you’ll enjoy a full year of the transformed AGO at pre- transformation prices, receive valuable membership benefits available to you now, and get to take advantage of any additional benefits when we reopen in the fall.
Your dedication to the AGO is underscored by the outstanding support you’ve shown during our transformation. Gifts from members to our community campaigns have totalled more than $3 million. Your generosity affords us great momentum as we approach the final stages of Transformation AGO, and your belief in what we’re achieving is a source of energy for everyone associated with the project.
Speaking of new energy, I would like you to welcome our new Director of Exhibitions and Publications Catherine de Zegher, who has assumed the fundamental role of creating a vibrant exhibitions program at the transformed AGO with her curatorial and educational colleagues. Catherine is the former executive director of The Drawing Center in New York, the only not-for-profit institution in the United States to focus on the exhibition of drawings by established and emerging artists. Catherine’s passion for connecting historical and contemporary themes was a hallmark of her work at The Drawing Center. That same passion will be evident in our European installation, where she is curating four galleries. Our paths have crossed at the perfect time, and you’ll be hearing more about Catherine in the future.
Once again, my deepest thanks for your patience and your passion for art. We’ll soon be able to reconvene in an extraordinary new home for extraordinary art. This is our year.
– Matthew Teitelbaum
Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO