September 30, 2023


How Art Works

Connie Butler Appointed Director of MoMA PS1

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MoMA PS1 right this moment revealed Connie Butler as its subsequent director. Butler arrives to the Lengthy Island Metropolis, New York, establishment from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the place she has served as chief curator since 2013. Identified for her dedication to native rising artists, she was Robert Lehman Basis Chief Curator of Drawings at New York’s Museum of Fashionable Artwork from 2006 till her decampment to California. Butler will step into her new position on September 26.

“We’re thrilled that Connie Butler will be a part of MoMA PS1 after her excellent curatorial management on the Hammer for the final decade,” stated MoMA PS1 board chair Sarah Arison in an announcement. “Due to our in-depth search course of, we welcome a brand new director who deeply understands MoMA PS1 and our artist-centric DNA, and can be sure that we stay on the forefront of progressive programming that serves our communities regionally and internationally.”

“Along with her shut working relationships with artists, each established and rising, and her long-standing connections to MoMA and New York, we all know [Butler] will advance MoMA PS1 in all features of its formidable program,” stated MoMA director Glenn Lowry in an announcement, including that he was trying ahead to working along with her once more.

Whereas at MoMA, Butler co-organized the critically acclaimed exhibition “Now Dig This! Artwork and Black Los Angeles 1960–80” (2012) and a serious survey of the work of Mike Kelley (2013). She curated the 2014 iteration of Made in LA and solo exhibits of artists together with Marisa Merz, Adrian Piper, and Lari Pittman. Throughout her tenure at MoMA, she organized the primary main US exhibition of the work of Lygia Clark and in 2010 served as a member of the curatorial crew for MoMA PS1’s quinquennial Better New York. She beforehand labored on the Museum of Modern Artwork in Los Angeles, arriving there in 1996 as a curatorial fellow. Among the many exhibitions she organized or co-organized there have been the museum’s landmark 2007 exhibition “WACK! Artwork and the Feminist Revolution,” which she oversaw at MoMA PS1 when the present traveled there in 2008.

Butler replaces Kate Fowle, who departed MoMA PS1 final June after three years within the position. The British-born Fowle got here to the place, which had been vacant for a yr, after longtime chief Klaus Biesenbach left to guide LA MoCA (he’s now head of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie). Fowle had been on the job barely seven months when the worldwide Covid-19 disaster struck; this spring, she accepted the place of senior curatorial director at blue-chip gallery Hauser & Wirth.

“MoMA PS1 has a outstanding and necessary historical past, a wealthy and thrilling present-day group of workers, artists, and audiences, and a possible that appears limitless,” stated Butler in an announcement. “I’m honored to have been chosen to guide this establishment, and I stay up for working with the board and workers as we proceed its mission serving the New York and Queens communities, in addition to the broader worldwide community of artists who signify MoMA PS1’s unimaginable previous and future.”


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