Eve Straussman-Pflanzer will head the European art department at the Detroit Institute of Arts starting May 2. She also will serve as Elizabeth and Allan Shelden curator of European paintings.

Straussman-Pflanzer fills the vacancy created when Salvador Salort-Pons succeeded Graham Beal as DIA director. She is currently assistant director of curatorial affairs and senior curator of collections at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.

Previously, Straussman-Pflanzer worked at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The native New Yorker and graduate of Smith College is an expert in southern Baroque art and women artists. Her dissertation at New York University examined the art patronage of Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere, a member of the powerful Medici family.

At the Davis Museum, she organized special exhibitions including “Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper,” “Hanging with the Old Masters” and “Warhol@Wellesley.”

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