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Drawing Center Hires Laura Hoptman as Executive Director

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NICK RELPH

After eight years as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Laura Hoptman is heading downtown to join the Drawing Center in SoHo as its executive director.

Hoptman will start in September, taking the place of Brett Littman, who in February was hired to lead the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, after eleven years at the institution.

As a curator in MoMA’s department of painting and sculpture since 2010, Hoptman has been responsible for an impressively eclectic run of exhibitions that have ranged from a hotly debated survey of contemporary painting, “The Forever Now” and retrospectives for Bruce Conner and Henry Taylor (with Peter Eleey, at MoMA PS1) to the curveballfilled “Artist’s Choice” show organized by Trisha Donnelly.

“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,” Hoptman said in a statement. “In its 40 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.”

Prior to Hoptman’s current position at MoMA, she was senior curator at the New Museum in New York, organizing “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century” and “The Generational: Younger than Jesus.” From 1996 to 2002 she was a curator in MoMA’s department of drawings, a position that was also held by the founder of the Drawing center, Martha Beck. In 2004–05 Hoptman served as director of the 54th Carnegie International.

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