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Hirshhorn Elects Four New Trustees and Announces Record-Setting Fundraising Year

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today the election of four new trustees, creating the largest and most international board in the Museum’s 42-year history. This milestone moment sees the addition of Danny Goldberg (Sydney), Isaac Lee (Miami), Juliana Terian (New York) and Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang (Hong Kong), whose election brings the total number of active board members to 28.  Their appointment coincides with a record-setting financial year for the Hirshhorn, which grew its fundraising by 80% last year to reach $7.1 million.

Under the leadership of director Melissa Chiu, the Hirshhorn’s board has seen the fastest growth in over twenty years, with an unprecedented eight trustees from the D.C. community, including the newly elected Board Chair Daniel H. Sallick, underscoring the museum’s commitment to its local audience. The Hirshhorn’s board also features diverse supporters from around the U.S. and internationally, including United Arab Emirates, Canada, and Indonesia, whose commitment reinforces the Museum’s efforts to expand its engagement with historically underrepresented areas of modern and contemporary art, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

“The fact that the Hirshhorn is able to thrive with a board that is now the largest and most international in its history is a testament to the museum’s extraordinary momentum as a world-class institution,” said Sallick. “I look forward to welcoming these new voices as we build on what it means to be a truly global institution.”

“As the Hirshhorn leads into the 21st century, the ambition and expertise of our board is vital to our continued growth,” said Chiu. “Each of our new members brings a unique engagement with and knowledge of the art and artists of our time, as well as a keen understanding of how Hirshhorn fits into the global landscape. Their dedication to our future is something we are proud to both recognize and celebrate.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the museum’s Nov. 3 gala in New York, and the planned acquisitions of an ambitious range of works by global and new media artists, including Ed Atkins, Enrico David, Jacqueline Humphries, Jesper Just, Joseph Kosuth, Shirin Neshat, and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

About the Board Members

Danny Goldberg OAM serves as Executive Chairman and Principal of Dakota Corporation. Prior to this, Goldberg co-founded Brentwood Corporation, which acquired and occasionally developed properties in Australia, England and Japan. Goldberg has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and has been collecting art for over 30 years, with a focus on American and European contemporary art.

Isaac Lee is the Chief News, Entertainment and Digital Officer for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Lee has been leading journalistic teams for nearly 20 years at prominent publications serving Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America and has received numerous awards and accolades for his work in the field. Lee serves on the board of directors of the Associated Press (AP), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), on the Journalism Advisory board of ProPublica and the advisory board of the Peabody Awards. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Foro Iberoamérica.

Juliana Terian’s family founded the Rallye Group, a premier auto dealership featuring Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Acura, Sprinter and Smart vehicles. The Rallye Group is one of the most successful privately held automotive group in the US, and as a result, Juliana was named TIME Magazine’s Dealer of the Year in 2010. Juliana is a collector of contemporary and 19th-century American art, and philanthropist devoted to mentorship and internship programs for young artists. She is also an architect and a member of the Founders Society at Cal Poly Pomona. She is a long standing board member of the Pratt Institute and the Marymount School of New York. Juliana resides in New York City.

Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang has been Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Asia Partners since 2001. CAP has been investing in Asia for over a decade and is one of the largest private equity investors in Asia. Prior to joining Carlyle, Yang spent nine years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of private equity investment Asia ex-Japan. Yang received his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a native of China, and is based in Hong Kong.

(From the Hirshhorn Museum.  Image courtesy Hirshhorn)