By Marco Poggio
For the first time in its 200-year history, the Brooklyn Museum has tapped a woman to head the cultural institution.
Dr. Elizabeth Sackler, an arts activist, Native American advocate and a member of the board since 2000, will replace John Tamagni as the head of the museum in September.
“It’s an honor, a privilege and I am, of course, delighted,” said Sackler, adding that she hopes she will be “just the first one in a line of many” women to take up the post.
Sackler’s name graces the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the museum and Sackler herself has been instrumental in ushering in lady-leaning art to Brooklyn.
She has collaborated with artist Judy Chicago since 1998, and the artist’s “The Dinner Party” installation has been on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007.
“We have the only center for feminist art in the world,” said Sackler, who lives on the Upper East Side. “The enthusiasm I have created with the Sackler Center I believe can be created for the entirety of the Brooklyn Museum.”
Chicago, a close friend of Sackler, has confidence that the museum’s focus on feminist art will continue to grow.
“Elizabeth Sackler is a force to be reckoned with,” said Chicago.