On June 16, the Municipal Art Society (MAS) announced the appointment of Vin Cipolla as its new president. Cipolla currently serves as president of the Washington, D.C.–based National Park Foundation and is a former vice-president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For nine years he served as chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, overseeing the development of its new waterfront museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Starting next year, Cipolla will replace MAS stalwart Kent Barwick, who is taking a sabbatical before returning to the organization as president emeritus. Barwick has served in various executive positions at the organization since 1969. Cipolla’s interest in contemporary art and design may shift the direction of the more than 100-year-old organization, which is best known for its advocacy in historic preservation.