Natasha Egan to become New Director of the MoCP

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The Museum of Contemporary Photography is pleased to announce Natasha Egan as its new Director beginning September 1, 2011.

Egan has been at the MoCP for 15 years and has organized numerous national and international exhibitions, such as Made in China; The Edge of Intent; The Road to Nowhere? for the Fotofest 2010 Biennial; and, most recently, Public Works at the MoCP.

Egan has contributed essays to such publications as Shimon Attie: The History of Another; Beate Gütschow: LS/S; Michael Wolf: The Transparent City and Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment. Additionally, she frequently juries national and international exhibitions and lectures.

Current Director Rod Slemmons, who is leaving the MoCP to become a Curator-at-Large and Director of Special Projects in Columbia College Chicago’s Office of Academic Research, leaves behind a strong legacy at the MoCP.

“I’m quite proud of all that we’ve been able to accomplish over my past nine years at the MoCP,” says Mr. Slemmons. “When I arrived, the permanent collection began at 1957 and was purely American. We quickly changed that to 1936, allowing us to include major holdings by photographers working during the Great Depression–– plus, we diversified the collection by including more international work.”

“The institution has seen significant progress under Rod Slemmons’ direction,” said Egan, “and I’m thrilled to build upon his efforts.”

For more information on changes at the museum, upcoming shows and exhibitions, or details on the artists that comprise its permanent collection, please take a look at the MoCP’s website, keep updated here on our newly renovated blog or become a fan on Facebook.

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