Two years into her run as director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Melissa Chiu is continuing to staff up. Today the museum announced that it is hiring its first-ever curator of media and performance art. The man taking the job is Mark Beasley, who has been a curator at Performa, Creative Time in New York, and the British Council in London.
“Mark Beasley is one of the few experts of his kind, and as one of the leading curators of our time, his work has helped to shape this field over the past 15 years,” Chiu said in a statement this morning.
Chiu’s other hires have included Stéphane Aquin as chief curator and Gianni Jetzer as curator at large. The appointment of Jetzer, the former director of the Swiss Institute in Manhattan, generated criticism in the press, since it called for him to continue to work in New York rather than in the District. A Hirshhorn representative said that Beasley will work from both New York and Washington, D.C. for now, and will relocate to D.C. shortly.
Beasley has been involved with a great deal of venturesome art and programming over the years in New York and abroad, also serving as guest curator for Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1 in Queens in 2015 and as curatorial adviser to the Okayama Art Summit in Japan this year.
His new position’s full title is the Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art, which is named for the D.C. collectors and philanthropists who are funding it.