Jennifer Blessing

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. 

On View

A Year With Children 2015

This annual exhibition features artworks created by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA), the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program for students in New York City public elementary schools.

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Events

Matthew Barney: The CREMASTER Cycle

Matthew Barney: The CREMASTER Cycle
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 am–7:30 pm

A screening of Matthew Barney’s five-part CREMASTER cycle, shown in order of the films’ production.

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Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944). Composition 8 (Komposition 8), July 1923

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