The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) has appointed Lisa Melandri incoming director. Melandri has served as deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) since 2001. She will assume her new post in August.
CAM began its search in December 2011, when former director Paul Ha departed to lead MIT’s List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA. Since then, board member Dwyer Brown has served as interim director.
Melandri completed her undergraduate degree in art history at Harvard, and received her master’s degree from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Prior to joining SMMoA, Melandri was acting artistic director at the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Her exhibition “Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe,” the artist’s first solo museum project and currently on view at SMMoA, will travel to the Brooklyn Museum in September. She is the co-curator of “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman” (2011), one of the most positively reviewed exhibitions of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980” program.