Smithsonian names director for Hirshhorn Museum

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:06 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 9:07 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian has named Melissa Chiu, a museum leader for the Asia Society in New York, 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.

Chiu has served as director of the Asia Society Museum since 2004 and previously was curator for contemporary Asian and Asian-American art.

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.

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