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.
A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion
July 27, 2012–Ongoing
This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to the first Frank Lloyd Wright–designed structures in New York City.
Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies
Fridays, August 8–September 26, 1 pm
Copresented with Cinema Tropical, this series constitutes a playful revision of some of Latin America's cinematic, cultural, political, and social tropes as shown through a mix of documentary, fiction, and experimental films.