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MOIFA director hired for position with Getty Research Institute

Khristaan Villela, the director of the Museum of International Folk Art, poses in front of an installation in 2018 by Cannupa Hanska Luger, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota, titled “Every One”, that is hanging in the museum. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

A new leader will be named to run the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) in Santa Fe.

On Monday, Khristaan Villela, MOIFA executive director was appointed as the Associated Director for Dissemination and External Affairs at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Kara Olidge was appointed as Associate Director for Collections and Discovery.

“I am so happy to welcome our new Associate Directors to the Getty Research Institute,” says Mary Miller, director of the Getty Research Institute, in a press release. “The GRI aspires to support and develop new knowledge based in the visual record and in the rich library collections of the Getty — and I’m convinced that this knowledge can transform our understanding of both the modern and pre-modern world. With Kara and Khristaan coming on board, I am confident that we will keep moving forward, embracing the history of the world’s art and visual culture in the broadest sense.”

Villela will oversee the Dissemination and External Affairs, newly reorganized to comprise exhibitions, digital media and content strategy, public programming, development, communications, and publications.

“The GRI is a leader in the preservation, creation, and dissemination of the knowledge about the world’s visual culture,” Villela said in a press release. “I look forward to working together with the GRI team to unify the voices of the scholarship, exhibitions, library, publications, and public programs at the Institute and to increase awareness of them among audiences in Los Angeles, elsewhere in the U.S., and globally.”

Villela has been with MOIFA since 2016. He is also the chair of Arts and Sciences for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, where he oversees multiple state museums. His salary is currently $112,531.64, according to the Sunshine Portal.

According to the GRI, Villela will take his post at the beginning of summer.

 

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