Ann Philbin, Transformational Director of the Hammer Museum, to Retire from the Museum in 2024

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Ann Philbin, Transformational Director of the Hammer Museum, to Retire from the Museum in 2024

Marcy Carsey, Chair of the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Board of Directors, announced that Director Ann Philbin will retire from the museum on November 1, 2024, after 25 years of leadership that made the Hammer into a landmark institution in Los Angeles and a leading museum of contemporary art for the nation and the world.

Marcy Carsey said, “When the history of the Hammer Museum is written, there will be a clear line drawn—before Annie Philbin, and after Annie Philbin. Thanks to her vision, the Hammer is known today as a world-class museum, internationally renowned yet uniquely and indisputably at the heart of Los Angeles. She has guided a complete transformation of the museum—its facilities, its collection, and its exhibitions and programs, which she has elevated in every way—while redefining the relationship of art museums to their communities and their society. We are profoundly grateful for her leadership and the values she has imbued into every level of this institution.”

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said, “Engagement with the arts is central to the UCLA experience, and Annie has done an incredible job of embedding the Hammer and its offerings more deeply within the

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