Kerry Brougher, a veteran art museum curator who has worked at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, has been named the director of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed on Tuesday.
Brougher is currently the chief curator of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in
Construction of the $300-million museum on the campus of the
During his tenure at the Hirshhorn, Brougher organized a two-part show called "The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image" that opened in 2008. The show featured works by Steve McQueen, Isaac Julien and others.
At MOCA, he curated the show "Hall of
Brougher's new job will be a Southern California homecoming of sorts. In addition to his time at MOCA, he received a master's degree in the history of film and television from
The Academy Museum is designed by architects
The museum has attracted big ticket donations from major Hollywood players, including David Geffen, who is giving $25 million, as well as
The Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, which owns
Additional reporting by Rebecca Keegan