The Henry J. Heinz II Director
Areas of focus: Contemporary Art
Eric Crosby was appointed the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art in 2020. He initially joined the museum in October 2015 as the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, becoming Senior Curator in 2018 and Interim Director in 2019. Guided by a belief in museums’ potential to facilitate meaningful connections between artists and communities, Crosby is charting a new course for the 125-year-old institution by creating an artistic program that animates local concerns within a broader picture of the world today. Integral to that program is the Carnegie International, one of the world’s most significant surveys of contemporary art and the museum’s flagship exhibition. Under Crosby’s direction, the museum will open the 58th edition of the Carnegie International on September 24, 2022.
Since joining Carnegie Museum of Art, Crosby has sought to advance the museum through dynamic exhibitions, ambitious acquisitions, events, and program. He most recently curated Working Thought, a group exhibition exploring how contemporary artists have engaged with
critical issues of labor, class, and economic disparity that have shaped American life past and present. For his research on the project, Crosby was awarded a curatorial fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2018. Crosby has also broadened Carnegie Museum of Art’s reach through strategic partnerships locally and nationally, including exhibitions such as 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, and expanded the museum’s community-based programming with initiatives such as Inside Out, the museum’s first-ever outdoor event series featuring over two dozen Pittsburgh-based performing artists and arts organizations. He has also left an indelible mark on the museum’s collection presentations by overseeing the institution through the reinstallation of the museum’s postwar and contemporary art galleries with Crossroads: 1945 to Now and its decorative arts and design galleries with Extraordinary Ordinary Things.
Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art, Crosby was Associate Curator, Visual Arts, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Crosby studied at Wesleyan University (BA) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA).