Senior Curator of Photography
Guggenheim curator since 2002
Jennifer Blessing joined the curatorial staff in 2002, after previously working at the museum from 1989–97. She recently co-organized Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, which opened in March 2010 before traveling to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Prior to this project, she curated Catherine Opie: American Photographer, and two exhibitions for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin: True North and Jeff Wall: Exposure. In addition to organizing photo-based exhibitions, she is responsible for developing the museum's photography collection.
During her tenure with the museum she has curated the touring exhibitions Family Pictures; Speaking with Hands: Photographs from The Buhl Collection; and Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography. She has contributed to numerous other museum exhibitions and catalogues, including Marina Abramović’s performance series Seven Easy Pieces; Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition; Premises: Invested Spaces in Visual Arts, Architecture & Design from France, 1958–1998; The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943–1968; Art of This Century; and Guggenheim Museum Collection: A to Z.
Most recently, Blessing organized the New York presentation of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (2014), an exhibition originating at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. She also co-organized Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective (2012) and the Guggenheim’s presentation of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Francesca Woodman, which opened in March 2012.
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