Forty Over 40 Honors Chief Curator Nancy Spector

Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator. Photo: Lina Bertucci © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

The Guggenheim congratulates Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, for being named on the 40 Women To Watch Over 40 list.

The list, created by innovators and disruptors in their own right Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson, calls attention to the fact that many successful women over 40 are still making major contributions to our culture and society as a whole despite a persistent focus on youth. Vuleta and Johnson explain, “We want to inspire 40-something disruptors to persist despite the rise of the ‘30 under 30’ power lists while motivating women in their in their 20s and 30s to see new possibilities.”

“I’m honored to have been included in a list of such formidable, accomplished women from so many different disciplines. It is particularly rewarding to see the cultural sphere included as a place for meaningful disruption as well as innovation,” says Spector of the award.

A curator at the Guggenheim since 1989, Spector works with the Director to define the museum’s global strategy and oversee the creative programming for the institution and its affiliates around the world. She has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle, Richard Prince, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Tino Sehgal, and Maurizio Cattelan. She also organized the group exhibitions Moving Pictures, Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), and theanyspacewhatever. She was one of the curators of Monument to Now, an exhibition of the Dakis Joannou Collection, which premiered in Athens as part of the Olympics program. She was Adjunct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennial in 1998. Under the auspices of the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, she has initiated special commissions by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Lawrence Weiner as well as a special exhibition on the work of Joseph Beuys and Matthew Barney. In 2007 she was the U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she presented an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Spector is a recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curators Award, five International Art Critics Association Awards, and a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for her work on YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. She is currently working on a large Postminimalism exhibition and a show devoted to Fischli Weiss.

For more information, visit the Forty Over 40 website.

Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator. Photo: Lina Bertucci © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

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