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LACMA creates new position of deputy director for curatorial planning

July 2, 2010 | 12:29 pm

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art said in June that it has lifted the hiring freeze that it imposed during the recession. Wasting little time, officials announced Friday a major addition to its curatorial ranks.

The museum said that it has appointed Brooke Davis Anderson to the newly created position of deputy director for curatorial planning. A spokeswoman for the museum said that Anderson is expected to begin her new job some time in September.

Anderson recently served as director and curator of the Contemporary Center and Henry Darger Study Center of the American Folk Art Museum in New York. She has also served as director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University.

As was previously reported, LACMA's budget for the coming year calls for adding just three positions to the current staff of 325. LACMA said it currently employs 32 curators and maintains a curatorial staff of 60.

The museum had been experiencing budget woes in recent years but expects to finish the most recent fiscal year with a modest surplus.

In her new job, Anderson will work on LACMA's multi-year, multi-million-dollar "Transformation" project that includes the expansion and renovation of the museum's campus. The museum said Anderson will serve as external spokeswoman on curatorial matters with the public, donors and trustees, and will work on Phase III of "Transformation," "principally to articulate the curatorial vision."

Details about Phase III of the "Transformation" project remain sketchy. In the past, LACMA said that Phase III could include the re-envisioning and rehabilitating or replacing of the buildings located on the eastern portion of the campus.

Previous phases of the project have seen the construction of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, which opened in 2008, and the Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, which is scheduled to open Oct. 2.

Anderson's responsibilities also will include working on various aspects of the permanent collection.

-- David Ng

Photo:a view of the LACMA campus. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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