Henry S. Kim will function the brand new affiliate vice provost and director of Emory College’s Michael C. Carlos Museum starting August 22, it was introduced this week.
Kim takes the reins after the retirement in 2020 of longtime director Bonnie Pace, who started her tenure in 2002. In 2021, Bonna Wescoat, professor of artwork historical past and former school curator, took on the position of interim director.
Kim served most not too long ago because the founding director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. Beforehand, he held roles together with curator, college lecturer and director of the college engagement venture on the Ashmolean Museum on the College of Oxford in England.
“In a really robust area, [Henry Kim] stood out for his knowledge, his international views and his empathy and sensitivity to the problems we face at this time as a society,” mentioned Provost Ravi V. Bellamkonda in a press launch.
Kim brings to Emory a historical past of main socially acutely aware change that resonates with the Carlos Museum’s values of variety, fairness, inclusion, moral gathering and responsiveness to cultural considerations. On the Aga Khan Museum, Kim created applications and exhibitions related to present occasions such because the disaster in Syria and anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiment.
“We will play an essential position in addressing points associated to racial inequalities and historic wrongs in addition to fostering group strengths which might be constructed upon variety and a push to larger inclusion,” mentioned Kim within the press launch. “Museums will be academics in addition to advocates, however most significantly they must be exemplars, embracing the current, the private and the uncomfortable.”
Based on Kim: “The museum has an exceptionally close-knit relationship with Emory school. This collaboration has made it a really profitable educating museum . . . It's extremely lively in utilizing its collections to assist educating in arts and non-arts applications. I'm desirous to see how this may be additional developed and grown in partnership with the college.”
The Harvard- and Oxford-educated Kim sees a deep connection between studying and group. To this finish, he's eager about advancing variety, fairness and inclusion within the wider group of Atlanta and throughout the college, reflecting calls from President Gregory L. Fenves and Bellamkonda for Emory to deal with racial and social injustice. Kim suggests the best way ahead is in partnership with Emory Libraries.
Kim’s focus and experience mirror the altering imaginative and prescient and panorama for tutorial museums. “We should additionally have interaction in troublesome discussions in regards to the influence of oppression and international enslavement — practices which in lots of instances are linked to our personal museum artifacts and collections,” mentioned Valeda F. Dent, vice provost for libraries and museum at Emory, within the announcement. “Museums can enliven historical past and unveil these tales beforehand untold.”