Anne Ellegood. Photo: Mark Hanauer.

Anne Ellegood to Become Director of Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), announced today that Anne Ellegood will succeed museum director Elsa Longhauser, who is stepping down after nineteen years of leadership. Ellegood is currently the senior curator at the Hammer Museum and will take up the post on September 16.

“Anne is a remarkable curator with an ongoing commitment to social practice programming and scholarship,” Laura Donnelley, president of the ICA LA board of directors, and Randi Malkin Steinberger, vice president of the board, said in a statement. “These accomplishments, along with her longstanding connections to the Los Angeles community, make her the ideal leader to usher in a new chapter in the museum’s 35-year history.”

During her tenure at the Hammer Museum, Ellegood organized the first North American retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham, which opened in January 2017 and traveled to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon. She also cocurated the Hammer’s biennial of Los Angeles–based artists, “Made in L.A.,” with Erin Christovale in 2018 and worked on group exhibitions such as “Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology” (2014) and “All of this and nothing” (2011).

Ellegood previously served as curator of contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and from 1998 to 2003 she was associate curator at the New Museum in New York. She has also taught at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, the School of the Visual Arts in New York, and the Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Commenting on her new role, Ellegood said: “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.”