WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian has named Melissa Chiu, a museum leader for the Asia Society in New York City, as the next director of the Hirshhorn Museum for modern and contemporary art in Washington.
Chiu (chew), a native of Australia, joins the Smithsonian in September. She succeeds Richard Koshalek who resigned last year after a dispute with the museum’s board over funding to build an inflatable pavilion at the museum for special performances and programs.READ MORE: Anonymous Donor Pledges to Match Donations Up To $1,000 To Help Replace Stolen Salvation Army Red Kettle
Chiu has served as director of the Asia Society Museum since 2004 and previously was curator for contemporary Asian and Asian-American art.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Mayor Scott To Lay Out Vision For Baltimore In Virtual Address
Smithsonian officials say Chiu is a prolific fundraiser, securing 80 percent of the Asia Society Museum’s $29 million budget.
The Hirshhorn has an $8 million budget, and the Smithsonian provides $10 million in operating support.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Maryland: 925 Residents Are Hospitalized, Highest Since May
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