Laura Hoptman. Photo: Nick Relph.

MoMA Curator Laura Hoptman to Join the Drawing Center as Director

The Drawing Center, the nonprofit and noncollecting museum located in Manhattan’s SoHo district, has named Laura Hoptman, a curator in the department of painting and sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, its new executive director. Hoptman will succeed Brett Littman, who, after eleven years at the institution, stepped down from the position in April to join the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York.

The longtime New York curator began her career at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where she was hired as an assistant curator in the 1980s. Over the years, she has worked at various institutions, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, where she served as curator and head of the department of contemporary art, as well as director of the Fifty-Fourth Carnegie International, and the New Museum, where she was a senior curator.

During her tenure at MoMA, Hoptman worked in the museum’s department of drawings from 1995 until 2001 and curated a wide range of exhibitions, which included “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions” (2002–03) and the museum’s first survey of contemporary painting in more than fifty years, “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” (2014–15).

Commenting on her new role, Hoptman said: “The Drawing Center has been an inspiration to me for my entire career in the arts—one that has taken me from local nonprofits to MoMA. In its forty years of scholarship and programming, the Drawing Center has consistently provided new ways to look at drawing that prove the medium’s relevance to our understanding of how art intersects with who we are and how we live.” Hoptman will take up the post in September.