The Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Art Museum announced John McKinnon as the new Executive Director. McKinnon comes to the Elmhurst Art Museum with over ten years of curatorial and administrative experience at major art institutions. Currently the Program Director of the Society for Contemporary Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, McKinnon joins the museum on its 20th anniversary as it prepares to unveil the original façade of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House (1952). McKinnon will succeed Jenny Gibbs, who initiated the restoration of the Mies house and presented block-buster exhibitions such as Playboy Architecture: 1952-1970 and Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago. Gibbs is leaving Elmhurst to join the Sotheby's Institute of Art-New York as Director of the Master of Arts in Art Business.
McKinnon has independently curated exhibitions at a variety of non-profit spaces including works by Bruce Conner, Robert Heinecken, Paul McCarthy, Jim Nutt, Otto Piene, Pope.L, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Peter Saul, and others. He has written for Artforum, Art Papers, X-TRA, and Flash Art. McKinnon earned dual MA degrees in Arts Administration and Policy and Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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