July 5, 2017
Hirshhorn Elects Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum as Newest Trustee
Board Now Totals Record 31 Members
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today the election of its newest trustee, San Francisco-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum. Applbaum is the museum’s first board member from Silicon Valley, rounding out the Hirshhorn’s strong national presence, and bringing the total number of trustees to a record 31 luminaries from around the world.
“Under Melissa’s leadership over the past two and a half years, the board has grown exponentially to include an incredible group of industry leaders,” said Board Chair Daniel H. Sallick. “With record-breaking attendance, robust programming and an exhibition schedule featuring the most significant contemporary artists working today, this is an exciting time for the Hirshhorn.”
“As our first board member from San Francisco, Isaac’s advisement will be instrumental as we work to champion artists from across the nation and throughout the world,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. “We are delighted to welcome him as our newest trustee, and look forward to working together to expand the Hirshhorn’s global reach.”
Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum is a respected investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who sits at the nexus of global trade between the East and West. Applbaum’s philanthropic work focuses on making an impact in the U.S., Israel and Asia, and he was named to the Board of Directors for the Asia Society, an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding among leaders and institutions of Asia and the US.
About the Hirshhorn
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the national museum of modern and contemporary art and a leading voice for 21st-century art and culture. Part of the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn is located prominently on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. With nearly 12,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media installations, works on paper and new media works, its holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world. The Hirshhorn presents diverse exhibitions and offers an array of public programs on the art of our time—free to all, 364 days a year. For more information, visit hirshhorn.si.edu.