Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, who has served as the chief curator of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) since 2003, has been newly appointed as the James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director of the museum. Ms. Hartigan succeeds Josh Basseches, who departed the PEM to lead the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Ms. Hartigan is considered the leading scholar on American artist Joseph Cornell. She specializes in American art, especially modern, folk and outsider, and African American art, and has curated numerous exhibitions and has published extensively. Prior to joining the Peabody Essex Museum, she served as curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
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