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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts Hire African Art Curator

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts announce a shared relationship of curatorial expertise. Directors from both institutions are part of the Association of Art Museum Directors, which is holding its mid-winter meeting in San Francisco this week. As the result of an innovative collaboration between the two institutions, Nii Quarcoopome (Nee Kwar-ku-pome), currently head of the DIA Department of Africa, Oceania & the Indigenous Americas, will devote a quarter of his curatorial work time to the Nelson- Atkins and also will continue in his position at the DIA.

“We are delighted to collaborate with our colleagues at the Detroit Institute of Arts and to share the immense talent of Nii Quarcoopome,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Director & CEO of the Nelson-Atkins. “He is one of the most respected curators in this field, and we are fortunate to continue our relationship with him.”

Quarcoopome, a native of Ghana, holds a doctorate in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the DIA staff in 2002 and was responsible for reinstallation of the museum’s African galleries.

“Nii has been a tremendous asset to the DIA,” said Graham W. J. Beal, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts. “His profound understanding of African society and material culture has resulted in an installation of the DIA’s African collection that brings the art alive for many visitors. We are happy to have the opportunity to share Nii’s rare talents with a fellow art museum.”

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free to everyone. For Museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit

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