Elizabeth Armstrong, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ contemporary art curator since 2008, has been hired by the Palm Spring Art Museum to be its new director. She will take the place of Steven Nash, who announced in April that he would retire at the end of this year, after seven years at the museum. Armstrong will start in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Before becoming the MIA’s first-ever contemporary art curator, Armstrong served as acting director, chief curator, and deputy director of the Orange County Museum of Art, as senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and, for 14 years, as curator at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center. At the MIA, she commissioned major works by Mark Dion and Jennifer Steinkamp (a large-scale video projection that is now on view at the museum).
“One of the things I was able to do at the Institute—and I don’t know the collection here well enough, but I imagine we could do here,” Armstrong told the Palm Springs paper The Desert Sun, “is connecting, juxtaposing, remixing contemporary with historical art.”
The Palm Springs Art Museum, which presents art, the performing arts, and displays of the natural sciences, was founded in 1938 and has a collection of about 24,000 objects.