Dorothy Kosinski, who has been director and CEO of the Phillips Collection since 2008, is expected to leave the private institution in Washington, DC, at the end of 2022. During her tenure, the centennial Phillips Collection, which claims to be the first museum in modern art of the country, has seen its collection more than double, from two thousand objects to more than five thousand, thanks to acquisitions focused on photography and contemporary art. Its endowment also increased, reaching nearly $ 100 million, a five-fold increase.
Halfway through her service, Kosinski began examining equity and diversity within the institution, and in 2018 hired a diversity manager, years before museums of comparable stature adopted this practice. His interest in diversity and social issues has extended to the museum’s exhibits, as more recently evidenced by “The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement”, organized by the New Museum in New York, and “Riffs and Relations : African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition ”, which the Phillips created himself. Kosinski was known for her appetite for collaboration, pairing the museum with the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Southeast Washington and the University of Maryland at College Park to create the UMD Center for Art & Knowledge at the Phillips Collection . In 2020, she hired the museum’s first director of community engagement.
Kosinski, who will become director emeritus upon her departure, told the Washington post that although leading to a “stressful year”, the Covid-19 pandemic did not play a role in her decision to leave, saying she had long planned to go out after “a good fifteen years” . The Phillips Collection is in the process of selecting a company to find its successor.