The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) mourns the tragic loss of Walter Liedtke
Friday, February 06, 2015
February 6, 2015 -- The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) mourns the tragic loss of Walter Liedtke (1945-2015), a Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the past 35 years and a long-standing member of the AAMC. Liedtke died in the Metro-North collision in Valhalla, NY, on February 3, 2015.
In 2007, the AAMC and AAMC Foundation presented Dr. Liedtke with an Award of Excellence for his two-volume permanent collection catalogue, Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007). At the time, the AAMC remarked that Liedtke “constructed a catalogue that is distinguished by focus, originality and great intelligence. This long-term endeavor was written for a scholarly audience, but it communicates a deep understanding of Dutch art and culture in a manner that delivers intellectual weight with an intensity of spirit that parallels the author’s passion for his subject.”
Dr. Liedtke was known for presenting exhibitions that debuted new, original research in engaging formats. Exhibitions he oversaw include Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt (1995-1996); Vermeer and the Delft School (2001); The Age of Rembrandt (2007); and El Greco in New York (2014-2015), all marked by success with that often elusive curatorial goal: record visitor attendance and curatorial and scholarly rigor. An extraordinarily elegant writer, Liedtke observed, “my goal in writing is often to put a lot of information in one place but to make it easy to read and to wear the learning lightly.”
The AAMC wishes to express its condolences to Walter’s wife, Nancy, and to his many esteemed colleagues at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.