New ROM director hired, Thorsell will leave in September

New ROM director hired, Thorsell will leave in September

Janet Carding's new Crystal Castle (Image: Randy OHC) 

In September, Janet Carding, who has been the assistant director of the Australian Museum in Sydney since 2004, will take over from William Thorsell as the director of the ROM. Carding, who is 45, will be the first woman to do the job—she was voted in unanimously by the board yesterday. Reports the Globe:

The search was widely rumoured to have been difficult, with several prominent Canadian arts leaders quietly fingering the Crystal’s tumultuous reputation as the stumbling block. The jagged architecture and oddly shaped gallery spaces have spurred strong opinions ranging from admiration to derision.