Dr. Bruce Barnes has been appointed as the Ron and Donna Fielding Director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Barnes has assumed his role as eighth director of the museum, which is the world's oldest museum of photography and one of the largest motion-picture archives.
Barnes is the president and founder of American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation (ADA1900), a private foundation based in New York City, that works independently and in collaboration with museums across the United States to foster understanding and appreciation of American decorative art from the period around 1900.
Barnes is coauthor and editor of "The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann" (2011), which was co-published by ADA1900 and Yale University Press. ADA1900 also co-published "The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs" (2008), an award-winning scholarly book that accompanied an exhibition of the same title co-organized by ADA1900 and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Barnes was chief executive officer of Element K, a Rochester-based company and pioneer in online learning, from 2000-2004, overseeing more than 800 employees. Over the course of his career, Barnes has held senior executive positions at Ziff Communications Company, Ziff Brothers Investments, Wasserstein Perella & Co., Reservoir Capital Group, and QFS Asset Management. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Barnes replaces Anthony Bannon, who recently retired.