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Record #: R2016-129   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 2/10/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 2/10/2016
Title: Congratulations extended to James Rondeau on appointment as president and director of Art Institute of Chicago
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Attachments: 1. R2016-129.pdf




WHEREAS, James Rondeau, an internationally respected curator and scholar, has been appointed to serve as the new President and Director of the Art Institute of Chicago; and


WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council this event by Alderman Edward M. Burke; and


WHEREAS, James Rondeau succeeds Douglas Druick who announced his plans to retire following more than 30 years of service to the Museum; and


WHEREAS, James Rondeau joined the Art Institute in 1988; and has made the Institute his home for nearly two decades; and


WHEREAS, Prior to his new appointment, James Rondeau was the Dittmer Chair and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; and


WHEREAS, Under the leadership of James Rondeau, the Museum secured the largest gift in its history, the Edlis/Neeson Collection; and


WHEREAS, James Rondeau has organized and contributed to some of the most groundbreaking exhibitions and installations including Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1998-2015, Steve McQueen, Roy Lichtehstein: A Retrospective and Jasper Johns; and


WHEREAS, James Rondeau has published extensively and has thirteen exhibition catalogues to his credit as well as numerous articles and essays; and


WHEREAS, The recipient of many honors and awards, James Rondeau serves on many panels and boards, including the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the National Endowment for the Arts; and


WHEREAS, The hard work, sacrifice and dedication of James Rondeau serve as an example to all; now, therefore



BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and the members of the Chicago City Council, assembled this tenth day of February, 2016, do hereby congratulate James Rondeau on his appointment as President and Director of the Art Institution of Chicago and do hereby express our best wishes for his continued success and achievement; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to James Rondeau.