From the Executive Director (Spring 2003)

by Ute Wartenberg Kagan

Dear Members and Friends,

This is the first volume of the second year of the magazine. Looking back, I can say that the reaction to the three magazines published last year was overwhelmingly positive. As we plan for this year’s crop, we certainly hope to meet and even exceed the expectations created by this successful launch. Our focus will remain on reporting all ANS news and on in depth coverage of lectures, openings, acquisitions, and other activities that showcase the breadth of our programs. We know that not all of our members can come to New York to visit the cabinets or attend a lecture so we see the magazine as our best opportunity to bring the benefits of membership directly to you. Members often request tapes or transcripts of lectures, and we are trying to accomodate them as much as we can.

Inside these covers, you will find a richly illustrated version of David Yates’ Stephen K. Scher Lecture. Mr. Yates is an acknowledged authority on French nineteenth century medals and his talk on that subject was well attended and I found it truely fascinating. He delivered it as part of the celebrations surrounding the awarding of the Saltus medal to Dora de Pédery-Hunt. Ms. de Pédery-Hunt has had a long career as an accomplished medalist so that the Society was honored to add her to the ranks of Saltus winners. For those members who can visit our New York building, we now have a fine display of medals to marks both these events.

The magazine is also full of news of staff additions, ongoing activities, and new publications. While on the subject of new arrivals, my husband Jonathan and I are delighted to announce the birth of our daughter Helena Elizabeth this last March 16th. Helena is doing wonderfully but needs my full attention so that as this magazine goes to press I am on maternity leave. However, the ANS is in good hands as the Council decided in my temporary absence the Society will be administered by Pamala Plummer-Wright, as Acting Director, Peter van Alfen, Deputy Director and Joanne Isaac as our new Museum Administrator. Ms. Isaac is new to our staff but comes from a New York art gallery where she kept a hectic business running very smoothly.

The final news to report will be very welcome to members who have wondered about the status of the new building and our move to William Street. At its meeting on March 15th the Council meeting decided to tentatively schedule the move for the period after September 30th of this year. The renovation is underway, the final architecture plans have been approved, and preparations at the current location have begun. You will see in this magazine photos from our very successful dinner gala. We look forward to celebrating in the new building at next year’s event.

Yours truly
Ute Wartenberg Kagan