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Staff Profiles

Adam D. Weinberg

Alice Pratt Brown Director

Adam D. Weinberg became the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum in October 2003. During his tenure, the Whitney has presented major exhibitions on a range of artists, including William Eggleston, Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Matta-Clark, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ed Ruscha, offered award-winning educational programs; and experienced dramatic growth in the permanent collection. In 2010, the Whitney launched a capital campaign for the construction of a new 220,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District, scheduled to open in 2015.

From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Weinberg was the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. Prior to that, he was Senior Curator and Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Whitney. In 1991, Mr. Weinberg became the Artistic and Program Director of the American Center in Paris. He first joined the Whitney in 1989 as Director of the Whitney at Equitable Center.  Beginning in 1981, Mr. Weinberg served as Director of Education and Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center. 

Weinberg has curated exhibitions on artists from Edward Hopper, Richard Pousette-Dart and Isamu Noguchi to Alex Katz, Robert Mangold, Sol Lewitt, and Terry Winters. He has also organized numerous thematic exhibitions, including; The Architectural Unconscious: James Casebere and Glen Seater); and Vanishing Presence (Walker Art Center, 1989); and On the Line: The New Color Photojournalism. For the Whitney, he curated the groundbreaking series Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art (1995), with the Stedlijk Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Tate Gallery. He has also curated major public projects with such artists as Christian Boltanski, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Mark Dion, Jessica Stockholder, and Andrea Zittel. He is the author of numerous catalogues and essays on contemporary and modern art, and has been a grant panelist for numerous federal, state, city, and private foundations.

Weinberg serves as a board member of diverse organizations, including the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Storm King Art Center; and the Colby College Museum of Art. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and a master’s 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 Museum’s comprehensive development efforts, with oversight of Individual and Corporate Memberships, Special Events, Corporate Sponsorships, Foundation and Government Grants, Major Gifts, and Stewardship Programs. Working closely with the Director, Campaign Counsel, and Trustee leadership, Ms. Wheeler also oversees the Museum’s capital campaign, which is responsible for raising funds to build the Museum’s new downtown building.

Ms. Wheeler has more than twenty-five 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 in 2007 as the Associate Director for Development, Ms. Wheeler was Director of Major Gifts at Cambridge in America, supporting a £1 billion 800th Anniversary Campaign for the University of Cambridge. 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.

Ms. Wheeler holds a BA from Brown University.