Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Elects Two New Trustees


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(NEW YORK, NY – June 11, 2012) -- William L. Mack, Chairman, and Jennifer Blei Stockman, President, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, today announced the elections to the Board of Trustees of Charles M. Diker as Trustee and Elizabeth Richebourg Rea as Honorary Trustee. The elections took place at the June 6 meeting of the Board.

In a joint statement, Mr. Mack and Ms. Stockman said: “The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is pleased to welcome Charles Diker and Elizabeth Rea to its Board. They will strengthen our institution in many ways, and we look forward to working with them in their new roles. The Foundation will benefit greatly from Chuck’s business acumen, his knowledge of modern and contemporary art, and his vast experience serving many cultural institutions. Elizabeth’s professional experience and her deep personal interest in the visual arts will bring an important dimension to the Board.”

Charles M. Diker
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Mr. Diker is Chairman of the Board of Cantel Medical Corp., a New York Stock Exchange–listed company that markets and manufactures infection-control products, and is also a Director of Loews Corporation. He is also Managing Partner of Diker Management LLC which manages various small and micro-cap funds. Currently, Mr. Diker is the Founding Chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian, GGHC; and is a Trustee of WNYC; Poly Prep Country Day School; the Partnership for Children’s Rights; and the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Mr. Diker has also served on the Boards of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; the Santa Fe Opera Foundation; Museum of New Mexico Foundation; Weitzman Institute, St. John’s College; Brooklyn Academy of Music; and the Harvard Alumni Association. He is former President of the American Friends of the Israel Museum.

Elizabeth Richebourg Rea
A curator and fine-art photographer, Ms. Rea began her career in 1970 as Coordinator of Art Lending and Art Advisory Services at the Museum of Modern Art. From 1974 to 1983, she worked as curator at Leo Castelli Gallery, managing loan exhibitions, and then as Director of Castelli/Feigen/Corcoran Gallery, organizing exhibitions of Joseph Cornell's work for numerous museums and galleries worldwide. As freelance curator, Ms. Rea was catalogue editor of The Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein (Museum of Modern Art, 1987) and research consultant for the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Paintings at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1993. Ms. Rea curated Joseph Cornell: Box Constructions and Collages at the Norton Museum of Art, in 1997 honoring the memory of her husband, Michael M. Rea, who was a Guggenheim Foundation Trustee from 1992 to 1996. Ms. Rea continues the legacy of Michael Rea in her role as President of the Dungannon Foundation, sponsor of the annual Rea Award for the Short Story, now in its twenty-fifth year; the Rea Visiting Writers and Lecturers programs at the University of Virginia; and Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story at Symphony Space, New York. Ms. Rea serves on several Boards in New York, including those of MUSE Film and Television and Symphony Space. She was appointed to the Art and Museum Committee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1997 and is an Advisory Board member of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice. She is also a member of the Exhibitions Committee of the International Center of Photography.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The global network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997), the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (1997–2012), and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently under development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the Foundation can be found at

June 11, 2012

Betsy Ennis, Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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