WILLIAMSTOWN -- Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American art, will speak on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Williams College Museum of Art. The lecture is titled "Why Curating Matters." The event will take place in Lawrence 231 and is free and open to the public.
Sussman has curated numerous exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, she co-curated the 2012 Whitney Biennial with Jay Sanders. Her exhibition "Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective," completed a three-venue tour and was awarded the 2011 International Association of Art Critics (AICA) award for best monographic show in New York. She won an AICA award for best monographic show in New York for her exhibition "Gordon Matta-Clark: ‘You Are the Measure,’" in 2007.
Sussman has also co-curated several exhibitions on the work of Eva Hesse.
Her retrospective on the work of Eva Hesse, co-organized with Renate Petzinger of the Museum Wiesbaden, for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) received the AICA’s first prize for the best monographic exhibition outside of New York in 2001 and 2002. Sussman also collaborated with Sandra Phillips on a retrospective at SFMOMA of Diane Arbus’s work, titled "Diane Arbus: Revelation." The catalogue for the Arbus exhibition received the 2004 Infinity Award for Publication from the International Center of Photography.
Sussman was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy, in 1999 and a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in 2003. She is the author of many publications, including Lisette Model (2001), and she has contributed essays on Robert Gober for the Schaulager Museum and on Lee Bontecou for an exhibition catalogue. Sussman previously served as interim director (1991) and deputy director for programs (1989-1991) at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. She was chief curator at the ICA from 1982 to 1989. She has taught at M. I. T. and Tufts University.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Art Class of 1960’s Scholars Program.
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