From East to West: Connie Butler is the new chief curator of Hammer


Connie Butler at the Hammer Museum, where she has signed on as the new chief curator. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / May 14, 2013)

Connie Butler was originally the chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York but has accepted her new home here in LA at the Hammer Museum.

Butler is not new to the west coast art scene as she has already contributed to ground-breaking shows as “WACK!”, a feminist survey. She joined MOCA as an assistant curator in 1996 and was a full curator in 2001. She is already signed on to “Made in L.A.” biennial along with Michael Ned Holte.

It has taken almost a year to find the right candidate but the search is done and as art critic Doug Harvey called her the “most authentically intellectual curatorial voice” at MOCA. She will continue her work at the Hammer by shaping its programs and exhibitions while creating a fantastic collection.

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