Energetic new director hopes to revive Fuller Craft Museum
At 79, Jonathan Fairbanks brings energy, ample Rolodex to goal of reviving museum
Jonathan Fairbanks faces challenges as the new director of the Fuller Craft Museum, long considered an underappreciated cultural jewel in the shadow of larger and wealthier Boston institutions. At 79, Fairbanks is well known in the museum community, having founded the Museum of Fine Arts’ American decorative arts and sculpture department in 1971 and led it for more than 25 years. Now he is determined to use his energy and love of art — and his ample Rolodex — to turn this cash-strapped museum around.