The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


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For Immediate Release
Contact: Joel Wachs, President, 212.387.7555
MARCH 12, 2009 Warhol Foundation Elects New Board Chair And Two New Board Members

The Andy Warhol Foundation today announced the election of new board chair, Michael Straus, and new board members, Mark Allen and Olga Viso.

Michael Straus, a Birmingham, Alabama attorney with Straus & Boies, LLP, and Managing Director of Montreux Partners, LP, in New York, also serves on the board of the Birmingham Museum of Art where he was recently guest curator of Anastasi/Judd/Sandback, and is currently enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate program in Greek and Latin at Columbia University.

Mark Allen is the founder and Executive Director of the innovative Machine Project in Los Angeles, and is also an Assistant Professor at Pomona College. Mr. Allen was previously the co-founder of C-Level Media Lab in Los Angeles, as well as founder of the Los Angeles Art & Technology Hackers Club.

Olga Viso is currently Director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and previously served as Director and Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where she organized the landmark exhibition of Ana Mendieta as well as Robert Gober’s highly celebrated installation at the 2001 Venice Biennale.

Joel Wachs, President of the Andy Warhol Foundation, said the addition of Ms. Viso and Mr. Allen gives the board the strength of proven leadership in two of the foundation’s most important constituencies – major U.S. contemporary museums and small, experimental artist-centered organizations. He also expressed confidence that Mr. Straus, who has served the Warhol Foundation in numerous important positions, will be an able and inspiring successor to recently retired board chair, Wexner Center Director, Sherri Geldin.

Board Chair Michael Straus, a former lawyer, is co-manager of the investment fund Montreux Partners II, L.P., and is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Classics at Columbia University.