Kerry Brougher, the interim director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, will become director of the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum in Los Angeles. News of the final negotiations was first reported by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. An academy spokesman confirmed the report that Brougher will lead the forthcoming museum, a $300 million project expected to break ground later this year.
Brougher, chief curator of the Hirshhorn, has been acting director of the museum since previous director Richard Koshalek left last summer. Brougher began his career at the Hirshhorn in 2000. The move to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum would be a return to Los Angeles for Brougher, who held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1997.
The Hirshhorn is expected to name its new director next month, with the candidate coming from outside the museum. Hirshhorn spokesman Glenn Dixon did not provide further details on the director search: “The process is ongoing. We are not prepared to make any other announcements yet,” he said.