Evelyn C. Hankins Named Head Curator of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Backyard
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Backyard has appointed Evelyn C. Hankins as head curator. Hankins, who has labored as a curator on the Washington, DC, establishment since 2008, is the primary lady to guide the museum and can moreover will take cost of an all-female curatorial workforce. She succeeds Stéphane Aquin, who stepped down after 5 years within the place to helm the Montreal Museum of Wonderful Arts following the contested departure there of Nathalie Bondil. In her new position, Hankins will oversee the division accountable for planning exhibitions and commissioning artworks and can proceed to form the establishment’s everlasting assortment.
“All through her Hirshhorn tenure, Evelyn has demonstrated an distinctive imaginative and prescient, scholarship, and creativity to determine herself as a transformative chief on the nationwide stage,” stated Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu. “Evelyn will proceed to shepherd our museum’s assortment and foster collaborations as we close to our fiftieth anniversary, the revitalization of our sculpture backyard, and proceed to reply to and current the artwork, artists, and concepts of the second.”
Throughout her fourteen years on the Hirshhorn, Hankins organized fifteen exhibitions, together with “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Assortment” and “Pat Steir: Shade Wheel” (each 2019); “Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes” (2018–19); and Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Cost” (2017–21). She led the curation of the extensively acclaimed “Robert Irwin: All of the Guidelines Will Change” (2016) and introduced into the museum’s assortment works by Hilla and Bernd Becher, Charles Gaines, Jacqueline Humphries, Deborah Roberts, Fred Sandback, and Mary Weatherford, amongst others. Previous to arriving on the Hirshhorn, Hankins served as curator of collections and exhibitions on the Robert Hull Fleming Museum on the College of Vermont in Burlington and as an assistant curator on the Whitney Museum of American Artwork in New York.