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Stanford’s Cantor museum hires new director

Susan Dackerman, a German Renaissance scholar, will be named Friday as the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, as the university museum is formally known. Dackerman, 53, comes from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she has worked for two years, following 10 years as curator of prints at the Harvard Art Museums. “I want to figure out ways to connect the museum to the technology community both on campus and in the area,” Dackerman said Thursday by phone, while at Harvard to research a book. While studying at Bryn Mawr she secured an internship at Harvard Art Museums, “which convinced me I wanted to have a museum career rather than an academic career,” she said. Dackerman starts Sept. 18 and plans to commute by bicycle to work from faculty housing at Stanford West on Sand Hill Road, near Stanford Shopping Center.

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