SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The New Art Trust today announced the appointment of John R. (Jack) Lane as its President and Chief Executive Officer. The NAT is a non-profit organization founded and funded by Pamela and C. Richard Kramlich in 1997 in San Francisco. The Trust is unique in its dedication to advancing the collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and understanding of technology-based art forms and, in particular, to developing media arts in the collections and programs of four supported institutions: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, London, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco.
A core initiative of the NAT is Media Matters, a research and publications program committed to addressing the novel and complex issues related to time-based media works of art and to developing standardized best practices for collection management and conservation. Among Media Matters’ areas of investigation are the alterations of artists’ intents when their work is exhibited in diverse settings or becomes subject to changes in presentation technologies.
The Trust holds a comprehensive collection of historic single-channel videos from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s by the pioneering artists of the media arts movement and twenty-one major media installation works by such leading contemporary art figures as Vito Acconci, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Doug Aiken, Matthew Barney, James Coleman, Stan Douglas, Bruce Nauman, and Bill Viola, all partial gifts from the Kramlich Collection.
The board of the NAT is made up of Neal Benezra, director of SFMOMA, Ken Ikeda, Director of BAVC, Glenn D. Lowry, director of MOMA, and Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, in addition to Mr. and Mrs. Kramlich.
“Dick and I and our fellow New Art Trust board members are thrilled to be working with Jack Lane again,” said Mrs. Kramlich, the NAT chair. “His vision, energy, and experience will take the NAT to a new level. We are excited by the prospect of assisting the NAT’s supported organizations to expand and strengthen their collections, exhibitions, and collaborations in the media arts under Jack’s superb leadership skills.”
Dr. Lane said, “The New Art Trust is dedicated to supporting a field that is central to my appreciation of contemporary visual culture and I keenly look forward to working with the members of the board to address the foundation’s high aims. It is also a compelling attraction to have the opportunity to join with Pam and Dick Kramlich to help further develop the Trust’s relationships with SFMOMA, Tate, MOMA, BAVC, and the internationally renowned Kramlich Collection of media arts masterworks.”
Dr. Lane joins the New Art Trust after stepping down from the directorship of the Dallas Museum of Art at the end of May 2008, concluding nearly a decade as the museum’s Eugene McDermott Director and 35 years of service in director’s offices across the nation. The DMA’s board of trustees named him Director Emeritus on the occasion of his retirement. Prior to Dallas, Dr. Lane served as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1987 to 1997 and of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art from 1980 to 1987. At each of these institutions he championed the media arts. In Pittsburgh he broadened the Carnegie’s film department to embrace new media in its exhibition and collecting programs and included numerous leading media artists in the famed Carnegie International series of exhibitions. In San Francisco he founded a new curatorial department for media arts and backed the development of one of the contemporary art world’s most dynamic programs of exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions, as well as encouraging Bay Area patrons like the Kramlichs to embrace new media in their own collections. With his support in Dallas, the DMA’s contemporary art department mounted exhibitions of both emerging and distinguished media artists including Doug Aiken, Jennifer Allora and Guilllermo Calzadilla, Lothar Baumgarten, Phil Collins, Shirin Neschat, Anri Sala, Paul Sietsema, and Jane and Louise Wilson, accompanied by many additions to a vigorously growing contemporary art collection that prominently incorporates the media arts.
From 1975 to 1980, Dr. Lane served at the Brooklyn Museum, rising to assistant director for curatorial affairs and in 1974 and 1975 was assistant director at the Harvard Art Museum. Dr. Lane received a bachelor of arts degree from Williams College (1966), a master's degree (1973) and doctorate (1976) in art history from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago (1971), and he served as a naval officer from 1966 to 1969. He resides in Sun Valley, Idaho with his wife, Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane, a nationally regarded conservator of modern and contemporary art.