The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, has announced that Chad Alligood, curator of American Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum, has been named the Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art. He will take up the post at the end of April.
“We are thrilled to have Chad joining us at this time,” director Kevin Salatino said. “Chad’s ambitious accomplishments at Crystal Bridges, and the invaluable experience of working in such an extraordinary collection of American art, have prepared him well for the dynamic nature of our collections and programming at The Huntington. We look forward to having him bring that same level of energy and creativity here.”
After Alligood joined Crystal Bridges in 2013, he helped organize the exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” which was recognized with the 2015 Excellence in Exhibition Award from the American Alliance of Museums. More recently, he curated “Warhol’s Nature” (2015). He also spearheaded major acquisitions by women artists and artists of color and led the reinstallation of the postwar permanent collection galleries. Previously, Alligood completed a fellowship at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan and taught art history at Brooklyn College. He is currently a resident fellow at the Women’s International Study Center, where he is working on an essay for the upcoming monograph on Judy Chicago, to be published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2019.
“As a specialist in art of the West Coast, I have long admired The Huntington’s exceptional collections and storied history,” said Alligood. “The American art collection abounds with narrative potential and exciting possibilities. I look forward to unlocking them for new audiences and getting to know the extraordinary community that comprises The Huntington.”