David van der Leer Joins Curatorial Staff

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David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design

David van der Leer has joined the Guggenheim as the museum’s new Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design. A frequent lecturer and contributor to architectural publications, Van der Leer was previously Publications and Exhibitions Manager for Steven Holl Architects, where he developed several exhibitions and initiated and produced numerous publications. He has also worked for architect Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and for 010 Publishers, also in Rotterdam. He earned his MA in Urban and Architectural Theory at the Department of Art and Cultural Sciences at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

In making the announcement, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Richard Armstrong said, “David’s work with renowned architectural firms, coupled with a master’s degree in Urban and Architectural Theory and impressive publishing and lecturing experience, make him an ideal candidate for the Guggenheim as it joins forces with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to organize Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, our anniversary exhibition set to open in May 2009.”

In addition to concentrating on the coordination of the museum’s forthcoming Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition, Van der Leer’s initial focus will be on other architecture-related programming for the Guggenheim’s 50th Anniversary, which begins in 2009.

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David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design. Photo: Jonathan Bowen