Comings and Goings

Phillips Collection takes on Klaus Ottmann as first curator at large

Klaus Ottmann has joined the Phillips Collection as its first curator at large, a role that will see him managing the Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art, which was established in 2007 to engage the public in conversations about contemporary and modern art. Ottmann was the Robert Lehman curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York and has organised more than 40 exhibitions around the world at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. He was also curator of the 2006 SITE Santa Fe International Biennial and spent eight years as curator of exhibitions at Wesleyan University. Ottmann is also the editor-in-chief of Spring Publications, a small publishing house that specializes in books on philosophy, mythology, and writings by artists. The curator at large position was underwritten with a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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.

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