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MoMA Names Michelle Elligott Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has appointed Michelle Elligott as chief of archives, library, and research collections. She succeeds Milan Hughston, who retired in 2016. “I am confident that Michelle will provide exemplary leadership to the archives and library and will continue to advance our efforts in acquisitions, preservation, and accessibility, across all platforms, to ensure that MoMA is a leading center for the study of modern art,” said director Glenn Lowry.

Elligott first joined the museum as the Rona Roob Senior Museum Archivist in 1999. Since 2014, she has served as MoMA’s chief of archives. She recently codirected the museum’s comprehensive online Exhibition History project, which documents the museum’s exhibitions from its founding in 1929 to the present and is illustrated by primary documents. Elligott coedited MoMA’s first self-published history, Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of The Museum of Modern Art (2004) and maintains the Modern Artifacts column in the art magazine Esopus. Her book on former MoMA director René d’Harnoncourt, titled René d’Harnoncourt: The Art of Installation, is forthcoming in 2018.

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