Philippe Vergne is Director of Dia Art Foundation, appointed in 2008. Prior to this position, he was the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center. Having joined the Walker in 1997, he organized more than twenty-five international exhibitions, including How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Let’s Entertain, Herzog & de Meuron: In Process, the first retrospective of the work of Huang Yong Ping, and the first survey of the work of Kara Walker (awarded the "Best Monograph Museum Show Nationally" by the International Association of Art Critics in 2008). In 2006, he co-curated the Whitney Biennial, with Chrissie Iles. A frequent lecturer, Mr. Vergne has edited and contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues. He has also written for major art magazines. In 2004, Vergne was honored by the French government with the prestigious medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, which recognizes an individual’s professional achievements in the fields of art and literature.