Ira Wagner of Montclair has been appointed the 10th executive director of the Montclair Art Museum; the museum was founded in 1914. Long-time director Lora Urbanelli retired last spring.
Mr. Wagner, who is a member of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, stepped in as interim director pending the arrival of a successor. When the pandemic forced the museum to shutter operations and suspend its director search last March, Mr. Wagner, working with its staff and trustees, guided it through challenges. MAM preserved its human, physical, and financial resources; pivoted to virtual operations; and launched both digital and programmatic transformations of curatorial, education, and visitor services. MAM reopened with covid-safe hybrid operations in September and attendance at its exhibitions has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.