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A+D Museum Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director

Los Angeles, CA [April 13, 2016] The A+D Architecture + Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D), located in the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) Arts District, announced today the appointment of an interim Executive Director, Jo Lauria. Lauria has an esteemed career as a curator, writer, educator, fundraiser and advocate of modern and contemporary design and craft. Lauria has been working with A+D Museum for 5 years as a curator and program consultant, and her involvement will be invaluable as the Museum’s Board of Directors continues its search for a permanent executive director.

“We are thrilled that Jo has accepted this interim position,” said Eric Stultz, A+D board president and Gensler design principal. “With Jo’s diverse experience in the arts as well as her in-depth knowledge of our institution, the transition to a new executive director will be seamless. Her leadership at this time will both allow A+D to continue developing exciting exhibitions and programming, as well as lend critical support to its Board and staff as we proceed through the search process.”

Lauria brings more than three decades of experience in curating, directing and executing exhibitions, including A+D’s highly successful, Peter Shire: Lines of Desire  in 2014. Among her many accomplishments, in 2007, Lauria was the chief curator of Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, which was part of the PBS series of the same name and became a national touring show hosted by seven American museums. Other exhibitions include Ruth Duckworth: Modernist Sculptor, Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty and Master of Mid-Century California Modernism: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman. In addition, Lauria is currently part of the Mentor Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design. Lauria’s publications include California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style; Ruth Duckworth: Modernist Sculptor; Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects; L.A. to LA: Peter Shire; and Anne Hirondelle, Ceramic Art.

“It is a very exciting time to be part of A+D and help to shape the arts community in Los Angeles,” said Ms. Lauria. “With the support of the institution’s leadership team, I will focus on creating programming that responds to our unique, culturally rich landscape and encourages  perspectives that are locally focused and globally relevant, with content rooted in research.” 

ABOUT A+D MUSEUM

Established in response to the need for a space that would be devoted expressly to the exhibition of progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles, A+D Museum opened its doors in January 2001 in the Bradbury Building, one of downtown Los Angeles’ premiere landmark buildings. Now located in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, A+D continues to be the only museum in Los Angeles where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view. Through exhibits, symposia, multidisciplinary projects, educational and community programming, A+D serves as a showcase for the work of important regional, national and international designers, providing a forum for contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism, and design that are helping to shape the city. Support from corporations, community businesses, foundations and individuals will ensure the continued vitality of what Dwell editor and New York Times contributor Frances Anderton heralded as a “very real force in the city.”

A+D MUSEUM VISITOR INFORMATION

For current exhibition and program information call 213-346-9734 or visit www.aplusd.org. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am–5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays. A+D Museum is located at 900 East 4th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Parking is available onsite for free.