After more than a decade as a curator and administrator on the Los Angeles art scene at the Hammer Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art, architecture and design specialist Brook Hodge is heading to
Hodge has been the Hammer’s director of exhibitions and publications since 2010. She was
Cooper-Hewitt's written announcement of Hodge's hiring described her as "a recognized expert in the fields of architecture and design."
The New York museum's director, Caroline Baumann, said that Hodge's agenda upon starting her new job on July 16 will include planning for the fall reopening of its main building on Fifth Avenue on Manhattan's upper East Side, which has undergone renovations to expand its exhibition space.
The building, completed in 1901, is the former mansion of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie; it became a museum in 1967.
"The expansion and opening … marks the launch of an important new era not only for the museum but for design in general," Hodge said in Thursday's announcement by Cooper-Hewitt.
She was a guest co-curator in 2006 of the New York museum's National Design Triennial exhibition. The announcement said she's developing a touring exhibition on British designer Thomas Heatherwick that will open in September at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, which is led by Hodge's former MOCA boss, Jeremy Strick. Its subsequent stops include Cooper-Hewitt.
In her MOCA tenure, Hodge curated exhibitions on