Ann has been the director of the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1999. Leading one of the most innovative and significant contemporary museums in the country, Ann has built a strong and original institutional identity at the Hammer. The museum’s renowned exhibitions and public programs regularly address the pressing cultural, political, and social questions of our time. From art, to music, to film, to food (Alice Waters has a restaurant in the Hammer’s courtyard), the museum functions as a lively cultural center at the middle of one of the most creative cities in the world. As director, Ann has launched major programs such as the internationally acclaimed Hammer Projects series showcasing young and emerging artists, and the signature Made in L.A. biennial—and admission is free to all.
Prior to her work at the Hammer, Ann was the director of the Drawing Center in New York City. She earned her B.A. in art history, B.F.A. in painting from the University of New Hampshire, and an M.A. in museum studies, and arts administration from NYU. In 2020 Ann was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.