Nadine Orenstein new Chair of Metropolitan’s Department of Drawings and Prints

George R. Goldner, who’s been the Drue Heinz chair of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Drawings and Prints for twenty-one years, has decided to step down from his role. Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s CEO and director, announced that Nadine Orenstein will become Drue Heinz curator in charge of the department on the first of February.

From the museum’s press release, 10 December 2014

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that George R. Goldner, who has been the Drue Heinz Chairman of the Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints since 1993, will step down at the end of January 2015. He announced further that Nadine Orenstein, currently a Curator in the department who specializes in European prints and books through the 19th century, will become the Drue Heinz Curator in Charge of the Department of Drawings and Prints on February 1.

“Over the course of his 21 years at the Met, George has proven time and again that he is a consummate connoisseur and scholar in his field,” said Mr. Campbell in making the announcement. “He has led his talented team of curators in making an astonishing number of acquisitions—8,200—beginning with an exquisite Perugino drawing that was his first purchase for the Museum. Our current exhibition Paper Chase presents more than 60 superb works by such masters as William Blake, Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian, in celebration of George’s accomplishments.”

He continued: “I am certain that Nadine, an accomplished scholar, curator, and writer with an impressive roster of exhibitions and publications to her credit, will carry on this tradition of excellence. I look forward to working with her in her new role in the years ahead.” 

Nadine M. Orenstein

Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2003, Nadine Orenstein is in charge of the Dutch, Flemish, and German prints and books through the 19th century. She has worked at the Museum for much of her career—including two stints as supervisor of the Print Study Room in the 1980s, the second of which led to her subsequent positions in the department as an Assistant Curator (1993–1997), Associate Curator (1997–2003), and now Curator.

She has organized several exhibitions at the Met, including Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints (2001), Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617). Prints, Drawings and Paintings (2003), and most recently Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011). She is also the lead curator of the current tribute exhibition to George Goldner, Paper Chase: Two Decades of Collecting Drawings and Prints (on view December 9, 2014–March 16, 2015).

She will oversee the work of the department on upcoming exhibitions and installations on Fragonard, Hercules Seghers, Michelangelo, the legacy of drawings curators William Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor, Renaissance textile designs, and early etchings in Europe.

See the museum’s webisite for the complete press release.