- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The Queens Museum is getting a new president and executive director.

Laura Raicovich (RAY’-koh-vihch) succeeds Tom Finkelpearl. He left in May to head the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Raicovich takes over on Jan. 1.

She last served as director of global initiatives at the nonprofit Creative Time.

She was also deputy director for 10 years at Dia (DEE’-uh) Art Foundation.

She’s also held positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Public Art Fund and the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

The museum is in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

It presents contemporary works by emerging local and international artists.

It completed a two-year $68 million in 2013. Among its permanent exhibitions are a 9,335-square-foot panorama of New York City and artifacts from the 1939/1940 and 1964/1065 World’s Fairs.

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