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Friday, February 4, 2005

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, has appointed Anne Ellegood as the museum’s new associate curator. Ellegood comes to the Hirshhorn from the Norton Family Office where she served as the New York-based curator for contemporary art collector and philanthropist Peter Norton. She will assume her new post at the Hirshhorn on March 7. 

“Anne’s exceptional skills in both curatorial and programmatic work, as well as her experience with international emerging contemporary artists, make her an outstanding addition to the Hirshhorn programs team,” said Ned Rifkin, Hirshhorn director and Smithsonian undersecretary for art. 

Before working with Norton, Ms. Ellegood was an associate curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, where she organized exhibitions such as “Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces” and “Candice Breitz: Babel Series.” She has organized and co-organized several independent national and international exhibitions, most recently in the summer of 2004: “public.exe: Public Execution,” an exhibition that explored aspects of public art. She currently is working on “Black Box,” a selection of video works that will be on display during the ARCO, Madrid art fair this month, and “Visual AIDS,” a forthcoming online exhibition. 

Ellegood has published articles in various magazines and written essays for exhibition catalogues, including “Susan Unterberg: Theater of the Self” (2004) and “Stefania Gelegati” (2004). 

Currently, Ellegood is a visiting professor at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies and at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She received her master’s degree in curatorial studies from Bard in 1998 and holds a bachelor’s degree in womens studies from the University of Colorado. 

Ellegood will utilize her strengths in international contemporary art to work with and enhance the Hirshhorn collection in this area. She will organize exhibitions and projects—including the museum’s premier “Directions” series, featuring solo presentations from emerging artists, and “Gyroscope” installations of works from the Hirshhorn collection organized around various themes or individual artists, often using rarely seen or newly acquired works. 

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