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Deputy Director and Chief Curator

Local Address: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland , Maryland 20746
United States

Company Description: The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total...   more

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  • M.A. , Film Studies
    University of California , Los Angeles
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THRreported in April that Kerry ..., 11 May 2014 [cached]
THRreported in April that Kerry Brougher of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum has been tapped to lead the Academy Museum.
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Kerry Brougher, interim director of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, has been selected to lead the planned AMPAS facility in Los Angeles, sources tell THR.
Kerry Brougher, the interim director and chief curator of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is in final negotiations to be named the head of the Academy Museum, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Brougher, who has been at the Hirshhorn since 2000, could quell some of those concerns. He previously served for three years as director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England (now Modern Art Oxford), and from 1982 through 1997 held several curatorial posts at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, after gaining a master's degree in the history of film and television from UCLA. Some of the most notable and critically acclaimed exhibitions in his career have revolved around film, including "Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film since 1945," at MOCA; "Notorious: Alfred Hitchcock and Contemporary Art," at Oxford; and, in 2008, "The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image," at the Hirshhorn.
Among the top art players consulted by the Academy were noted video artist Doug Aitken (with whom Brougher has a relationship from previous installation work at the Hirshhorn) and Felix Barrett (producer of "Sleep No More," the theater experience in New York).
But the appointment of Brougher should quiet some of those critics, bringing a respected figure from the art world into the Academy's orbit.
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Kerry Brougher Director of Art and Programs/Chief Curator, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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Kerry Brougher, who will be the first director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, says the museum is going to present the history and an appreciation of motion pictures from the start to the present, and help create the future of cinema. (New York Times)
LOS ANGELES In the dim light of a gutted department store, through the dust of nearby construction, Kerry Brougher sees a flickering movie future filled with hundreds of different cinemas. For tiny screens. Vast ones. Theaters yet to be conceived.
His problem now is to fit an art form that is already bursting through old walls into a new film museum that is being developed on the grounds of the old May Co. department store on Wilshire Boulevard here. Beginning on July 1, Brougher until recently the interim director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington will take charge of a still aborning Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, as its first director.
Organizers are planning a 2017 opening, which gives Brougher and his new colleagues about three years to figure out precisely what an ambitious museum of the movies should do.
It is not a theme park, said Brougher, a scholarly type who spoke last week in the clutter here in the Museum Row district, next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
There will be R-rated exhibitions, too, but Brougher said he had not quite figured out how to caution the public when the harsher elements are on display.
But the dome overhead, Brougher said, is an invitation to project the influence of film, and to create works that he envisions being sponsored by the museum.
I would imagine we wouldnt do many feature films, Brougher said, referring to his plan to create films to be shown in the museums three theaters. But he talked of installation-based projects that would help expand the definition of movies.
In the museums core, Brougher said, there will be two tracks. One, which will have at least some artifacts from the Academys already large collection (one of the pairs of Dorothys ruby slippers included), should be mostly permanent and will trace the industrys history. Ideally, Brougher said, the visitor should feel as if being drawn into a film once walking through the museum door.
The second track will be about the art of what Brougher likes to call cinema. (He has a masters degree in film history from the University of California, Los Angeles.) Built around more temporary exhibits which could conceivably feature screenings, posters, photographs, props from a set, letters, or designs and personal artwork that part brings questions of its own.
Yes, he said, less-than-perfect movies will find a place. Studying film history told me, probably more than being an art curator, not to be too quick to judge the quality of something by whether it was an A, a B or a C movie, he explained.
A central question, Brougher said, is how to take visitors out of the illusions of film and reveal the mechanics of how things are done, or whether to do it at all. He clearly leans more toward image than technology, saying, When they leave, people should understand, if nothing else, that film is an art form.
But Brougher allows that technology, small screens and the possibility of creating optional micro-experiences might let some visitors learn all they would like about film makeup or matte paintings without burdening those who would rather not know.
Brougher is mindful of the extreme disruption that is pointed toward the mid-Wilshire district, where tunneling for a new subway line and stations, along with possible renovation to other nearby museums, is already tearing up streets and chasing tenants out of Museum Row.
The film museum, Brougher acknowledged, will almost surely have to open in the middle of the coming havoc, which is expected to include heavy vibration from the underground drilling.
Maybe we should build the first show around Earthquake, he said.
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Juror: Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Juror: Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Juror: Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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