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Nancy Spector, Curator

Ms. Spector received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981, an M.A. in art history from Williams College in 1984, and an M.Phil. in art history from City University of New York in 1997. She is deputy director and chief curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, for which she has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle, Richard Prince, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovi´c, and Tino Sehgal. She also organized the group exhibitions Moving Pictures; Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated); and theanyspacewhatever. She was one of the curators of Monument to Now, an exhibition of the Dakis Joannou Collection, which premiered in Athens as part of the Olympics program. She was adjunct curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennial in 1998. Under the auspices of the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, she has initiated special commissions by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Lawrence Weiner as well as a special exhibition on the work of Joseph Beuys and Matthew Barney. She has contributed to numerous books on contemporary visual culture with essays on artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Luc Tuymans, Douglas Gordon, Tino Sehgal, and Anna Gaskell. In 2007 she was the U.S. commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she presented an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Ms. Spector is a recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curator’s Grant and five International Art Critics Association awards. She has been teaching at Yale intermittently since 1994 and is currently a critic in photography.

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