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Connie Butler Appointed Director of MoMA PS1


Sarah Arison, Chair of the Board of MoMA PS1, and Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art, today announced that leading contemporary art curator Connie Butler has been named Director of MoMA PS1. Ms. Butler joins MoMA PS1 from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she has served as Chief Curator since 2013. The appointment marks Ms. Butler’s return to New York, where she was The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art from 2006 to 2013. She also has extensive experience with MoMA PS1, where she served as part of the curatorial team for Greater New York in 2010 and co-organized landmark exhibitions including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2008), Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 (2012), and Mike Kelley (2013). Ms. Butler will assume her new role at MoMA PS1 on September 26, 2023.

“We are thrilled that Connie Butler will join MoMA PS1 after her outstanding curatorial leadership at the Hammer for the last decade,” Sarah Arison said. “Thanks to our in-depth search process, we welcome a new Director who deeply understands MoMA PS1 and our artist-centric DNA, and will ensure that we remain at the forefront of innovative programming that serves our communities locally and internationally.”

Glenn D. Lowry said, “Connie Butler is widely known and admired as a trailblazing curator and scholar, as well as a dedicated mentor to rising museum professionals. With her close working relationships with artists, both established and emerging, and her long-standing connections to MoMA and New York, we know she will advance MoMA PS1 in all aspects of its ambitious program. I look forward to working with her again.”

Connie Butler said, “MoMA PS1 has a remarkable and important history, a rich and exciting present-day community of staff, artists, and audiences, and a potential that seems unlimited. I am honored to have been chosen to lead this institution, and I look forward to working with the Board and staff as we continue its mission serving the New York and Queens communities, as well as the broader international network of artists who represent MoMA PS1’s incredible past and future.”

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Connie Butler. Photo: Mark Hanauer