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Lynn Zelevansky to Step Down as Director of Carnegie Museum of Art

Lynn Zelevansky announced today that she will step down from her position as director of the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) in Pittsburgh, which she’s held since 2009. The date of her departure will be determined as part of a transition plan developed by the museum.

“Carnegie Museum of Art is a great institution, and I’m extremely proud of the many significant contributions we’ve been able to make over my eight years here,” Zelevansky said. “I am most appreciative of the hard work of the fabulous CMOA team and I wish everyone the best of luck going forward.”

During Zelevansky’s tenure, the museum launched the Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for exploration of the photographic image; introduced a series of new public programs, including the museum’s popular Third Thursdays; co-organized major touring exhibitions, including “Paul Thek: Diver” (2010) and “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium” (2016); and presented the widely praised 2013 Carnegie International. In a review of the exhibition Lauren O’Neill-Butler of wrote that it was “a special show that doesn’t put on any special airs, which is no small feat given the International’s status as the oldest, grandest, most august exhibition of contemporary art in the US.”

Prior to joining the museum, Zelevansky served as a curator and department head of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for fourteen years. She also worked for seven years in the painting and sculpture department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where she collaborated with William Rubin on exhibitions such as the well-received “Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism.”

“Lynn has truly left her mark on Carnegie Museum of Art and the Pittsburgh community, just as she has continued to leave her mark on the contemporary art world,” said Jo Ellen Parker, president and CEO of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “Her leadership has set the museum on a strong trajectory of ever-increasing relevance, both locally and globally, which is the very best kind of legacy.”