The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has announced Anne Ellegood, senior curator at the Hammer Museum, as its next executive director. She succeeds Elsa Longhauser, who is stepping down from her position after 19 years of leadership and notably oversaw the museum’s transformation from the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) into the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). Ellegood will assume her new role on September 16, 2019, states the press release.
“On behalf of the board of directors and search committee, we are proud to welcome Anne Ellegood as the next executive director of ICA LA. Ellegood is a remarkable curator with an ongoing commitment to social practice programming and scholarship. These accomplishments, along with her long standing connections to the Los Angeles community, make her the ideal leader to usher in a new chapter in the museum’s 35-year history,” said Laura Donnelley, President ICA LA Board of Directors, and Randi Malkin Steinberger, Vice President ICA LA Board of Directors, and co-chairs of the search committee. “We continue to extend our warmest appreciation and thanks to Elsa for her 19 years of dedicated service and commitment to ensuring a smooth succession.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed the next executive director of ICA LA,” said Ellegood. “I have been a frequent visitor and avid admirer of the museum’s program for many years. ICA LA has consistently distinguished itself for its groundbreaking and distinctive exhibitions, sometimes giving artists their first museum shows, as well as thoughtful and innovative public programs and education initiatives.”
According to the press release, Anne Ellegood joined the Hammer Museum as a senior curator in 2009. During her tenure, Ellegood organized the first North American retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham, which opened at the Hammer in January 2017 and traveled to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas and was founded in 1984.