February 23, 2021

Dr. Hugh M. Davies

Hugh M. Davies is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary and modern art. From 1983 to 2016, Davies served as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and was named Director Emeritus by the museum’s trustees in 2016. Davies curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions at MCASD, including Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface (2011-2012); Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries (2007); Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953 (1999); and William Kentridge: Weighing…and Wanting (1998). Davies was one of six co-curators who organized the Whitney Biennial 2000, and he served as Director of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976. From 1975 to 1983, he was the founding director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and from 1984 through 2016, he was a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors; a Trustee from 1994-2001; and President from 1997-1998. Davies received his A.B., summa cum laude; M.F.A.; and Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.