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ARTSblock Executive Director Named

Jonathan Green Named UCR/ARTSblock Executive Director

Longtime director of the UCR/California Museum of Photography will oversee downtown Riverside arts complex.

(September 18, 2007)

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Jonathan Green

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Jonathan Green, who served as director of the UCR/California Museum of Photography for 17 years, has been named executive director of UCR/ARTSblock, an integrated arts complex in downtown Riverside.

ARTSblock consists of three premier art institutions — UCR/CMP, Sweeney Art Gallery and the future Culver Center of the Arts, which is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Green brings a wealth of experience to the job, said Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

“Jonathan Green is the right person at the right time to be the founding director of UCR/ARTSblock,” Cullenberg said. “He has the vision and skill to bring together the CMP, Sweeney Art Gallery and the future Culver Center of the Arts into a dynamic arts presence in downtown Riverside. He’ll help make Riverside a must-see stop along the arts corridor in Southern California connecting Los Angeles to Palm Springs.”

Green holds joint appointments as professor in the departments of Art and History of Art.

Under Green’s leadership UCR/CMP has become a major cultural presence in Southern California and has positioned itself as a strong presence on the national and international art scene through its touring exhibitions, the strength of its collections and its award-winning Web site.

Green’s photographs are in museum collections around the world and he has published several books, including “American Photography: A Critical History” (Abrams 1984, reprinted 1996), which was selected as the Nikon Book of the Year in 1984 and received the Benjamin Citation from the American Photographic Historical Society in recognition of achievement in photographic history.

In 2005 he produced with Trisha Ziff the exhibition “Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon,” which has traveled to nine major museums worldwide. London’s Victoria & Albert Museum published a book on the exhibition.



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