Hammer Museum Announces Curatorial Appointment of Allegra Pesenti

(Los Angeles, CA)—The Hammer Museum announced today the appointment of Allegra Pesenti as
Associate Director and Senior Curator of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. Pesenti
returns to the Hammer where she was the Grunwald Center Curator from 2007 to 2013. Most recently,
she served as Chief Curator for the Menil Drawing Institute then as Curator at Large for the Menil
Collection. During her time there, she worked closely with Los Angeles‐based architects Sharon Johnston
and Mark Lee on the conception and design of the Menil Drawing Institute, the first freestanding center
in America devoted solely to the collecting, research, conservation, and exhibition of works on paper.
Allegra Pesenti is presently co‐curating the 2018 exhibition Stones to Stains: Drawings by Victor Hugo for
the Hammer with Cynthia Burlingham, Director of the Grunwald Center and Deputy Director of
Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum.
Hammer Director Ann Philbin said, “We are delighted that Allegra has returned full time to the
Hammer. Her expertise in works on paper is a tremendous asset to the Grunwald Center, one of the
country’s finest collections of prints, photographs, and artists’ books. We are particularly looking
forward to the exhibition of Victor Hugo’s drawings that she is organizing with Cynthia Burlingham.”
Pesenti is well acquainted with the Hammer, its collections, and its community after serving as curator
for the Grunwald Center for seven years. During that time she organized a series of major exhibitions
including Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now, Rachel Whiteread Drawings, Zarina: Paper like
Skin, Enrico David, Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955‐1972, and four installations of the
Hammer’s Houseguest series. She also developed classes, symposia, and projects with UCLA faculty,
students, and other scholars, and made many important acquisitions for the Grunwald Center. After the
Hammer, she worked at the Menil Collection and the Menil Drawing Institute until July 2016. In 2015,
her exhibition Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, was held at both co‐organizing
institutions, the Hammer Museum and the Menil Collection. She has also been engaged in the
coordination and editorial process of the Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings by Jasper Johns, a Menil
Collection publication scheduled for fall 2017. Over the past three years, Allegra has continued to

contribute to scholarly publications with essays on Miroslaw Balka (Muzeum Sztuki in Łodz, Poland), Do
Ho Suh (STPI, Singapore), Alessandro Pessoli (La Triennale, Milan), and Al Taylor (The High Museum,
Atlanta) among others, and she has pursued research on the drawing practice of Robert Ryman. Her
most recent exhibition A Weed is a Plant Out of Place, was held at Lismore Castle in Ireland in 2016.
The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary
art, and programs featuring the most innovative thinkers of our time. Through a wide‐ranging,
international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary
art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. A cultural center and
a forum for the ideas of a public research university, the Hammer’s exhibitions, collections, and nearly
300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music
performances, and workshops for families—spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas and are all
free to the public.

Admission to all exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum is free, made possible through the
generosity of benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Hammer Museum, 10899
Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood, Los Angeles. Onsite parking $6 (maximum 3 hours) or $6 flat rate after
6 p.m. Visit hammer.ucla.edu for details or call 310‐443‐7000.

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