Creative Time, the New York–based arts nonprofit dedicated to creating public art commissions, announced that Katie Hollander will step down next month as the organization’s executive director. Creative Time’s deputy director, Alyssa Nitchun, will serve as acting director in the interim as the search for a new leader begins.
Hollander has served as executive director since February 2016, when she was promoted from within to succeed Anne Pasternak, the longtime director of Creative Time who left in May 2015 to become the director of the Brooklyn Museum. Hollander served as acting director during the nine-month interlude, after having been the organization’s deputy director for eight years. She was previously the executive director of ArtTable, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women in the visual arts, and worked in various roles for the College Art Association.
“After almost a decade at Creative Time, the time is right for me to explore new possibilities,” Hollander said in a statement. “My time spent with this organization—the incredible artists, partners, and colleagues that I’ve had the pleasure to work with and the inspiring projects that we’ve created together—will always be a career highlight.”
During her time at the helm at the organization, Hollander oversaw two of New York’s most talked about art commissions, including Duke Riley’s Fly by Night (2016), in which the artist released dozens of pigeons with LED lights attached to their leg bands into the evening sky above Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Pedro Reyes’s Doomocracy (2016), billed as a “political house of horrors” timed to both Halloween and the then-upcoming presidential election. Hollander also oversaw the creation of the Creative Time Reports, a now-defunct editorial partnership with the Guardian.
“We are incredibly grateful for Katie’s leadership and service to Creative Time, which witnessed unprecedented expansion and major transition for the organization,” Creative Time board chair Suzanne Cochran said in a statement. “Now is a very exciting moment to embark on a search for a new executive director who can bring a fresh perspective to build upon Katie’s legacy and shape a dynamic future for Creative Time.”
The organization’s most recent projects include an installation about secrets by Sophie Calle in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and an upcoming program called “Pledges of Allegiance,” which will see specially commissioned flags by 16 artists raised on Flag Day next week.