MoMA announces new curatorial appointments for Christophe Cherix and Laura Hoptman
The Museum of Modern Art recently announced two new appointments: Christophe Cherix (pictured) as the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chief curator of prints and illustrated books and Laura Hoptman as curator in the department of painting and sculpture.
Cherix, who has been curator of prints and illustrated books at the museum since 2007, succeeds Deborah Wye, who is assuming the position of chief curator emerita. He began his career at the Musée d'art et d'histoire in Geneva where he was assistant curator from 1991 to 2005 and chief curator from 2005 to 2007. He was commissioner of the 25th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Slovenia in 2003 and most recently at MoMA he co-organised the exhibition “Contemporary Art from the Collection”, which runs until May 2011. A 2010 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York, Cherix is also active in the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives collaboration, which links MoMA curators with their colleagues around the world.
Hoptman returns to MoMA to focus primarily on contemporary art. She was an assistant curator in the museum's department of drawings from 1995 to 2001, at which point she became curator and head of the department of contemporary art at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art. Since 2006, she has been senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, where she recently organised the exhibition Brion Gysin: Dream Machine. She takes up her new role on 1 November.