Ann Philbin has been the director of the Hammer Museum since 1999.
BA in Art History from the University of New Hampshire, Durham,
MA in Museum Studies/Arts Administration from New York University
Prior to joining the Hammer Museum, she was director of The Drawing Center in New York for nine years. At The Drawing Center, Philbin organized landmark exhibitions such as Shadows of a Hand: the Drawings of Victor Hugo; Plains Indian Drawings: 1865-1935, and Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos. Under her direction, The Drawing Center introduced the work of hundreds of contemporary and emerging artists and presented major drawing exhibitions by Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning and Richard Serra, among others.
Prior to her position at The Drawing Center, Philbin organized large-scale public art exhibitions such as "The New Urban Landscape", an exhibition of 28 installations by renowned artists and architects including: Vito Acconci, Dennis Adams, Judith Barry, Dan Graham, Kawamata, Morphosis, and Jean Nouvel at the World Financial Center in New York City. She also organized Art Against AIDS: On the Road a nationwide exhibition (New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago) presented on billboards, bus shelters, television and print advertising to raise awareness of the AIDS crisis. She was also director of the Curt Marcus Gallery and, previously, the curator of The Ian Woodner Family Collection of old master drawings.
Board member, Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School for Social Research
Board member, Etant Donne, a grant-making agency promoting French-American cultural exchange
Board member, Streb/Ringside dance company
Board member, HIV Law Project, New York City