Holly E. Hughes is Godin-Spaulding Senior Curator for the Collection at the Albright-Knox. Her curatorial practice involves organizing exhibitions from the museum’s collection and working with world-renowned artists such as Jason Middlebrook on acquisitions and site-specific installations.
She recently organized the collection-based exhibitions Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, Picasso: The Artist and His Models, Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860–1910 and Arp, Miró, Calder, as well as a series of collection-based exhibitions that examine traditionally defined genres, including For the Love of Things: Still Life, Eye to Eye: Looking Beyond Likeness, and Menagerie: Animals on View. Currently, Hughes is working on a comprehensive reinstallation of the Albright-Knox’s collection for the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum, opening in 2022.
Past projects with the Albright-Knox include Spencer Tunick’s installation at Buffalo’s Central Terminal and the exhibitions Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture, Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Videosphere: A New Generation, Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol, Kelly Richardson: Legion, and One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors. She served as the museum’s project director for The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, a monumental exhibition of contemporary Chinese art that marked the first collaboration between American art museums and a major Chinese art institution.
Hughes holds undergraduate degrees in Fine Art, with a concentration in photography, and Art History from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree with a major concentration in Contemporary Art and a minor concentration in Indigenous Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo.