Brooke Davis Anderson
Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum
Brooke Davis Anderson is the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at PAFA, and joined our team in the summer of 2017. Prior to joining PAFA, Brooke most recently served as Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans/U.S. Biennial.
With Prospect, Anderson revived the organization by bringing fiscally sound practices to the project, raising more than $4 million in 18 months to produce Prospect.3: Notes for Now, moving the staff offices from New York City to New Orleans, and reinvigorating the reputation of the triennial for New Orleanians and art world insiders alike. From 2010 to 2012 Anderson was Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In this role, Anderson oversaw the Watts Towers Conservation and Community Collaboration, and the "Curatorial Diversity Initiative," a Mellon-funded pilot program aiming to change the demographics of professionals in museums across the nation.
From 1999 to 2010, Anderson was Founding Director and Curator of The Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, where she curated countless exhibitions (most notably projects on Martin Ramirez, Henry Darger, and other contemporary self-taught artists), authored several books and numerous articles, and led the $1 million acquisition of the Henry Darger Study Center.
She has been an Assistant Professor at the following institutions: Columbia University, City College of New York, and Winston-Salem State University. From 1992-1999 Anderson was director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, where she tripled the budget, audience, programming, and publicity. During her tenure in North Carolina she was recognized by the Chronicle Newspaper as "Curator of African American Art," and was honored by an endowment established in her name to ensure the museum's future.