Andrew Bolton to Assume New Curator in Charge Position
Wendy Yu, Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has helped endow a new position at the Met’s Costume Institute to immediately be filled by longtime superstar curator Andrew Bolton.
Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced the position today, Wendy Yu curator in charge, to exist in perpetuity at The Costume Institute. The Met has 50 endowed positions in its curatorial, conservation, and other departments.
“We are immensely grateful to Wendy Yu for so generously funding this position at The Costume Institute,” said Mr. Weiss. “Her support will make it possible for The Met to broaden our expertise in the field, advancing our scholarship and conservation and increasing the scope of The Costume Institute’s groundbreaking work to enhance global knowledge of fashion as an art form.”
Yu Fashion, the division of Yu Holdings dedicated to supporting the fashion industry, plans to launch a program of initiatives with The Costume Institute in China, which will include a series of educational talks by Mr. Bolton in partnership with a local institution to provide insight into The Costume Institute’s curatorial process.
Yu Fashion’s new initiatives will include a series of educational talks by Mr. Bolton
Yu Fashion will also connect The Met with Chinese art and fashion communities and form a consortium of Chinese individuals and institutions with the goal of funding acquisitions by The Costume Institute.
“My mission, through Yu Fashion, is to support the fashion industry and one-of-a-kind talents such as Mr. Bolton,” said Ms. Yu. “We will be providing a cross-continent opportunity for cultural exchange as well as increasing awareness of The Costume Institute in China.”
My mission is to support one-of-a-kind talents such as Mr. Bolton, said Yu
Wendy Yu, a Chinese fashion and technology investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, is the Founder and CEO of Yu Holdings. Ms. Yu’s vision is to build a bridge between China and the rest of the world, with a focus on connecting investment and philanthropy through innovation, and to form an ecosystem that enables strategic, creative, and cultural exchange on a global scale.
Ms. Yu founded and became the CEO of Yu Capital, an investment funding company, in 2015 to support fashion, lifestyle, and technology enterprises. Its most recent investments include fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, Tujia (China’s largest short-term property rental firm), and Didi Kuaidi (the biggest taxi-hailing firm in China). Other investments include Fashion Concierge, a personal shopping app dedicated to sourcing sought-after fashion items, and Bottletop, a sustainable accessories brand.
Andrew Bolton became Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute in January 2015. He joined The Costume Institute in 2002 as Associate Curator and was promoted to Curator in 2006. Exhibitions Mr. Bolton worked on with Harold Koda include Dangerous Liaisons (2004), Chanel (2005), Poiret (2007), and Schiaparelli and Prada (2012); alone, he curated AngloMania (2006), Superheroes (2008), American Woman (2010), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), Punk (2013), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), Manus x Machina (2016), and Rei Kawakubo /Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). His next exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, opens on May 10 and will be his and The Costume Institute’s largest show to date.