Suzanne Cotter has been appointed director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The Melbourne native, who has more than thirty years of international experience as a museum professional, will take up her new role at the Sydney institution in January 2022, replacing Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, who is leaving after twenty-two. years in this position.
“We are delighted that an Australian of the caliber of Suzanne is returning to our shores to lead the next exciting chapter of the MCA,” Lorraine Tarabay, chair of the museum’s board of directors, said in a statement. “The Board of Directors was impressed with the depth and breadth of Suzanne’s experience, her international networks, her vast expertise in dealing with multiple stakeholders and her demonstrated ability for artistic and strategic vision, placing her ideally to run the museum at this critical time. ”
Cotter has been director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg since 2018, before which she headed the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation for five years in Porto, Portugal. From 2010 to 2012, she was curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where she helped develop the New York Guggenheim art program and led a team of curators for the museum’s Abu Dhabi project; in 2011, she co-organized the Tenth Sharjah Biennial. She has also worked as Deputy Director and General Curator at Modern Art Oxford in the UK, and as Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery. In 2005, the French government awarded him the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
“I am delighted to take on the role of director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia,” Cotter said in a statement. “I am inspired by the MCA and its collection, exhibitions and social impact programs, its commitment to living artists, especially the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and the importance of art. in everyone’s life. In the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in response to the growing strength of environmental and social justice movements globally, the museum has a vital role to play for the diverse communities it serves and in which they can recognize themselves and their world. “