NEW YORK, NY.- Madison Square Park Conservancy
s Mad. Sq. Art program announces the appointment of Adam D. Glick as Martin Friedman Curatorthe Parks first, permanent art curator position. Since 2004, the Madison Square Park Conservancys award-winning contemporary art program has presented 24 exhibitions outdoors in and surrounding historic Madison Square Park. In March 2012, a permanent, named, curatorial position was established alongside a developing $2-million endowment in recognition of the Parks art program and the invaluable contributions of former Walker Art Center Director and longtime Madison Square Park Conservancy Art Advisory Committee member, Martin Friedman.
As Martin Friedman Curator, Mr. Glick will play an integral role in conceptualizing, planning, and presenting contemporary art exhibitions for the Mad. Sq. Art program. He will also participate in the selection process of exhibitions with the Madison Square Park Conservancy Art Advisory Committee.
President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau states, Martin Friedman is responsible for developing more respected curators and arts administrators than any other museum director I can think of. Martins penchant for spotting young talented men and women and nurturing them to become leaders embodies the spirit of this appointment.
The positions namesake Martin Friedman comments, Adam Glick brings exactly the right combination of energy, knowledge, and respect for artists that the job requires. He has a fine curatorial eye and a genuine sense of what is happening in the art world. In my view, he is the ideal choice.
David Berliner, Chairman of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, praised the appointment saying, "As Mad. Sq. Art enters its second decade, Adam will undoubtedly continue to strengthen the program and the diverse and original programming people have come to expect from our exhibitions."
Adam D. Glick
Adam D. Glick joined the Madison Square Park Conservancy in October 2011 as Associate Curator, during which time he was responsible for shaping Mad. Sq. Arts program, the installation and financial oversight of its exhibitions, as well as the programs fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Mr. Glick worked in the Directors Office at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and he has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Mr. Glick graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Music and Art History, and he received a Master of Arts degree in Art History from New York Universitys Institute of Fine Arts.
The establishment of the Martin Friedman Curator position and the supporting Martin Friedman Curator Endowment Fund was celebrated with an evening benefit earlier this spring at the Prince George Ballroom on May 31, 2012. More than 300 artists, curators, museum directors, philanthropists, and friends and fans of Martin Friedman and the Mad. Sq. Art program came together to celebrate Mr. Friedmans 60-year career in the arts and the Mad. Sq. Art program. Guests included artists John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Mark di Suvero, Teresita Fernandez, David Hockney, Charles Long, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Alison Saar, Frank Stella, and Leo Villareal, among others. The benefit raised more than $1 million in support of the newly established Martin Friedman Curator Endowment Fund. The Madison Square Park Conservancys capital campaign continues.