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Staff Profiles

Adam D. Weinberg

Alice Pratt Brown Director

Adam D. Weinberg has been the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art since 2003. Previously, Weinberg was the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, from 1999 to 2003.

Throughout the 1980s, Weinberg worked at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where he served as Director of Education and Assistant Curator. In 1989 he joined the Whitney for the first time as Director of the Whitney branch at the Equitable Center. Weinberg then assumed the post of artistic and program director of the American Center in Paris in 1991. He returned to the Whitney as Curator of the Permanent Collection in 1993 and was made Senior Curator in 1998.

Weinberg has curated dozens of exhibitions on artists ranging from Edward Hopper, Isamu Noguchi, and Richard Pousette-Dart to Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Alex Katz, and Terry Winters. He has also organized numerous thematic exhibitions including The Architectural Unconscious: James Casebere and Glen Seator; A Year in the Collection, Circa 1952; Vanishing Presence; and On the Line: The New Color Photojournalism, and for the Whitney he organized the groundbreaking series Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art with the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and Tate Gallery. He has also curated major public projects with artists ranging from Mark Dion, Jessica Stockholder, and Andrea Zittel to Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager, Yoko Ono, and Nam June Paik. He is the author of numerous catalogs and essays on contemporary and modern art. Weinberg has served as board member for a diverse group of organizations including the American Federation of the Arts, Storm King Art Center, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and the Minnesota Composers Forum. He has been a grant panelist for numerous federal, state, city, and private foundations. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and a Masters degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Donna De Salvo

Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs

Donna De Salvo was appointed the Whitney’s first chief curator in 2006.  She joined the Whitney in 2004 after five years as a senior curator at Tate Modern, London.  

She was curator of Robert Irwin: Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977) (2013). Among her co-curated exhibitions for the Whitney are Sinister Pop (2012-2013); Signs & Symbols (2012); Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE (2007-2008); Roni Horn aka Roni Horn (2009–2010); and Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75 (2006). She co-curated Course of Empire: Paintings by Ed Ruscha for the U.S. Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, also presented at the Whitney (2005-2006). De Salvo’s upcoming projects include the new building’s inaugural exhibition, whose curatorial team she is leading, and a thematic retrospective on Andy Warhol.

De Salvo has curated exhibitions, authored catalogues and essays, and lectured on a wide range of modern and contemporary artists.  Her projects and thematic exhibitions include Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970 (2005; Tate Modern, London); Marsyas (Anish Kapoor’s 2003 work commissioned by Tate Modern for its Turbine Hall); Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (2001; Tate Modern, London); Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955–1962 (1992; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles); Staging Surrealism (1998; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio); and A Museum Looks at Itself: Mapping Past and Present at the Parrish Art Museum,1887–1992 (1993; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York).

A noted expert on the work of Andy Warhol, De Salvo served as adjunct curator for the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, where she helped to establish its curatorial and archival programs. She has curated numerous exhibitions and authored catalogues on the artist including: Andy Warhol: Disaster Paintings, 1963 (1986; Dia Art Foundation, New York); Andy Warhol: Hand-Painted Images, 1960–62 (1987; Dia Art Foundation, New York); “Success is a job in New York”: The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol (1989; Grey Art Gallery, New York University); and a Warhol retrospective held at Tate Modern in 2002.

From 1981 to 1986, De Salvo was a curator at the Dia Art Foundation. She also served as curator-at-large at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; and Robert Lehman Curator, the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.  De Salvo has served on many international juries and review panels, including the Hamlyn Awards, the Bennesse Prize, the Bucksbaum Award, the Judith Rothschild Foundation, and the Berlin Biennial. A past recipient of the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award from the College Art Association, she has also been an Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and has taught for several curatorial programs, including those at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and the Royal College of Art, London.

John S. Stanley

Chief Operating Officer

John S. Stanley was named Chief Operating Officer of the Whitney in 2010. As the senior member of the staff management and policy-making team, Stanley has general responsibility for museum-wide activities and initiatives, acting as liaison with museum staff, departments, trustees, the community, and external contacts. Collaborating closely with the Director, Stanley oversees the current Whitney Project Team for the new downtown building, Exhibitions and Collections Management, Marketing and Communications, Finance, Human Resources, Administration, the Trustee Office, Legal Services, Retail, Food Service, IT, and Publications.

Stanley began his museum career in 1979 at the Toledo Museum of Art and served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy/Assistant Director from 1987 to 1995. He was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director for Programs and Services at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1995 to 2008. A graduate of the University of Toledo, Stanley earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University, attended the Museum Management Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, and pursued postgraduate coursework in art history at the University of Toledo.

ALEXANDRA WHEELER

Deputy Director for Development

Alexandra Wheeler leads the Whitney Museum’s comprehensive development efforts, which includes major and planned gifts, individual and corporate memberships, special events, sponsorships, foundation and government grants and stewardship programs. Working closely with the Director and Trustee leadership, Wheeler also oversees the Museum’s $665 million Capital Campaign, which is responsible for raising funds to build and support the Whitney’s new downtown building.

Wheeler has more than twenty–two years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit arts management, including a previous tenure at the Whitney. From 1995 to 2000 she served as Campaign Manager and Director of Development at the Museum, overseeing a successful $50 million capital drive. Prior to returning to the Whitney in 2007 as the Associate Director for Development, she was Director of Major Gifts at Cambridge in America, supporting a £1 billion 800th Anniversary Campaign for Cambridge University. Previous leadership positions include Director of Development at Exit Art, where she created a professional development program, and Executive Director of the Fund for Dance. She began her career in the arts in 1988 at the Foundation for The Joffrey Ballet. Wheeler received a BA from Brown University.