The Hammer Museum announced today that Allegra Pesenti has been appointed the new associate director and senior curator at the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. Pesenti returns to the museum where she had previously served as the center’s curator from 2007 to 2013.
“Her expertise in works on paper is a tremendous asset to the Grunwald Center, one of the country’s finest collections of prints, photographs, and artists’ books,” Hammer director Ann Philbin said. “We are particularly looking forward to the exhibition of Victor Hugo’s drawings that she is organizing with Cynthia Burlingham.”
During her seven-year tenure at the Hammer, Pesenti organized a series of major exhibitions, including “Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now” (2008–2009), “Rachel Whiteread Drawings” (2010), “Zarina: Paper like Skin” (2012), and “Enrico David” (2013), and four installations of the museum’s Houseguest series. After the Hammer, she served as chief curator for the Menil Drawing Institute, and then as curator at large for the Menil Collection until July 2016. During her time at the Menil, she worked closely with Los Angeles–based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee on the conception and design of the Menil Drawing Institute, the first freestanding center in America devoted solely to the collecting, research, conservation, and exhibition of works on paper.