Jeffrey Weiss Is Appointed Senior Curator, Guggenheim Museum

JEFFREY WEISS IS APPOINTED SENIOR CURATOR, GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

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(NEW YORK, NY – May 22, 2012) –– Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Weiss as Senior Curator. Mr. Weiss, who joined the Guggenheim in 2010 as Curator, Panza Collection, will work closely with the director and curatorial team to develop collection priorities for the institution and will organize exhibitions while remaining lead curator on the Panza Collection Conservation Initiative. He will begin work in his new role on June 1.

“During the past two years, Jeffrey Weiss has made invaluable scholarly contributions to the Guggenheim, collaborating with a team of curators and conservators in an interdisciplinary examination of key works from the 1960s and 1970s in the Guggenheim’s Panza Collection,” stated Mr. Armstrong. “We are enormously pleased that he will continue this important work on Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual artworks, as well as take on a greater role as part of the museum’s core curatorial team.” “Given his impeccable record of artistic integrity, scholarship, and connoisseurship, Jeffrey will bring important new perspectives to our curatorial program,” stated Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

Since 2010, Mr. Weiss has been spearheading the Panza Collection Conservation Initiative, a longterm, Andrew Mellon Foundation–funded project, which examines the many questions that surround the preservation and refabrication of works of Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual art from the 1960s and 1970s. The initiative is aimed at exploring the shifting views on preserving works that have multiple historical iterations by artists such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, and Lawrence Weiner, with the goal of assembling comprehensive information regarding the artists' practices while paying particular attention to the production and installation of works and to the status of copies and variants.

In addition to his ongoing work on the initiative, Mr. Weiss is currently collaborating with the artist On Kawara on a comprehensive presentation of his work scheduled to take place at the Guggenheim Museum in 2015. He also will work closely with the curatorial team and director on developing collection-building strategies and will serve as a curatorial liaison to the Guggenheim’s new Collections Council.

Before joining the Guggenheim Museum in 2010, Mr. Weiss was an independent curator and critic based in New York. Between 2000 and 2007, he was Curator and Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. From 2007 to 2008, he served as Director of the Dia Art Foundation, New York, but left to return to academic and curatorial work. Since that time he has been teaching at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University’s graduate school of art history, where he retains his position as Adjunct Professor of Fine Art. Mr. Weiss has organized exhibitions on Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, and Mark Rothko, contributing to and editing catalogues for those projects. At the National Gallery, Mr. Weiss also built significant museum holdings of 1960s and 1970s artwork. A contributor to Artforum magazine, he was also the editor of Dan Flavin: New Light, a 2006 anthology of essays from Yale University Press. Mr. Weiss holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The global network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997), the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (1997–2012), and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi currently under development. Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.

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May 22, 2012

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