The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has chosen Robert Fitzpatrick, dean of the School of Arts at Columbia University since 1995, as its new director. Fitzpatrick, 58, oversaw the creation of EuroDisney and was president of the California Institute of the Arts from 1975 to 1987 and the director of the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles, which attracted more than a million visitors in its 10-week run.
He is to assume his new duties in September, becoming the sixth director in 31 years at the museum, which moved into a new 151,000-square-foot building two years ago. Fitzpatrick succeeds Kevin Consey, who resigned in November.Frank Gehry, the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, was awarded the new Friedrich Kiesler prize in Vienna. Hans Hollein, the Austrian architect who led the international jury that chose Gehry, praised "the courage you feel in his work, which is shorn of all ideology."
Gehry, 69, is also noted for his design for the American Center in Paris, among others.