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Studio Museum in Harlem names Chakshu Patel as its Director of Institutional Advancement

The Studio Museum in Harlem has chosen their new Director of Institutional Advancement and named Chakshu Patel for this new role. Chakshu Patel will take up her new role on June 17 where she will handle the capital and annual fund-raising initiatives of the museum. Not only that, Chakshu Patel will also handle the strategic direction and management responsibilities for the museum.

Previously, Chakshu Patel recently served at the strategy office of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America as its vice president. Giving a statement regarding the new appointment, Chakshu Patel said that she hopes to “further solidify the Museum’s place as a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent, locally, nationally and globally.”

Chakshu Patel is also joining the museum at a time when Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson have designed and are working on the new museum building. This construction of the new museum building is expected to be completed by Summer 2021.

In the meantime, the museum has already announced that it is partnering with the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 to hold exhibitions till the time the museum is closed. This announcement was made by the museum back in February.

On the appointment of Chakshu Patel as Director of Institutional Advancement at Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum director and chief curator Thelma Golden said that “I know the passion she brings to her work at the Studio Museum will be as important to us as her broad institutional perspective and her diverse, extensive experience, which has encompassed development, management, program design, and strategy.”

Talking about The Studio Museum in Harlem, it is an American Art Museum which was devoted to works of the artists from Deserts of Africa. The museum collects, preserves and interprets art from African Americans and artists from African continent