The New Guard of Curators Steps Up By Carol Vogel

Carol Vogel of the The New York Times wrote an article titled The New Guard of Curators Steps Up. According to Glen Lowry, director of the MoMA, “Previously you were in your late 40s or 50s before becoming a senior curator, but all that’s changed,…These curators look at things more broadly. This is a generation who grew up entirely in the digital world and they are untroubled by distinctions of media.”

Ms. Vogel lists nine curators in their thirties and early forties that stand out.   Five are women: Jen Mergel, Alison Gass, Diane Waggoner, Clara Drummond and Samantha Rippner.

Who are they?

Jen Mergel is the senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  She earned degrees from Harvard and Bard College and her thesis was in sculpture.  According to Mergel: “When I do studio visits, I can really appreciate the work because I’ve had that experience.”

Alison Gass is the assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  She earned degrees from Columbia and New York University. Ms. Gass has worked at the Jewish Museum and the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Diane Waggoner is the assistant curator of photography at the National Gallery of Art.   She earned a Ph.D. at Yale University and is amazed by the growing interest of photography.

Clara Drummond is the assistant curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at The Morgan Library and Museum.  Her background includes multiple degrees from Boston University’s Editorial Institute and she has taught classes.

Samantha Rippner is the associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints.  Her education includes a masters from the City University of New York.

Congrats to the above five women!

Here are the links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/arts/artsspecial/18NEXTGEN.html?pagewanted=1&ref=artsspecial

http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/v/carol_vogel/index.html

http://www.mfa.org

http://www.sfmoma.org/

http://www.nga.gov/

http://www.themorgan.org/home.asp

http://www.metmuseum.org/

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