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Ann Philbin

Director, Hammer Museum at UCLA

THE LATEST: Sotheby’s hosted an auction in mid-May featuring works by contemporary artists Mark Bradford, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha to raise funds for the Hammer’s new Artist Fund, part of the museum’s $180 million capital campaign to renovate the Westwood facility.

BACKGROUND: Since joining the Hammer in 1999, Philbin has expanded the museum’s operating budget to $25 million from $5 million. She created the Hammer’s biennial Made in L.A. show and the Hammer Projects series, which showcases Southern California artists. The museum redesign, led by L.A. architect Michael Maltzan, is expected to be completed in 2020.

WORTH NOTING: In 2014, Philbin eliminated admission fees for the museum, which produces more than 300 free public programs annually.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 2

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