Museum PR Announcements News and Information

Jennifer and David Stockman of the Guggenheim Endow Position of Chief Curator

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, announced last night that Jennifer Stockman, President of the Board of Trustees, and her husband, David Stockman, have endowed the position of Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Deputy Director and Chief Curator Nancy Spector.

Ms. Spector will continue to work closely with Mr. Armstrong on the Foundation’s global strategy and the museum’s exhibition program. She is also responsible for organizing contemporary exhibitions and the growth of the permanent collection, as well as overseeing the institution’s primary acquisition councils, the Collections Council and the International Director’s Council.

Exhibitions that Ms. Spector has organized at the Guggenheim include Rebecca Horn: The Inferno-Paradiso Switch (1992, with Germano Celant); Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1995); Robert Rauschenberg: Performance (1997); Postmedia: Conceptual Photography from the Guggenheim Museum Collection (2000); Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collections (2002); Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle (2002-2003); Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present (2004); Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces (2005); Richard Prince (2007); Louise Bourgeois (2008); theanyspacewhatever (2008); Tino Sehgal (2010); and Maurizio Cattelan: All (2011).

At the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, she has overseen commissions by Andreas Slominski (1999), Hiroshi Sugimoto (2000), Lawrence Weiner (2000), and Gabriel Orozco (2012), as well as organized the exhibitions Douglas Gordon’s The Vanity of Allegory (2005) and All in the Present Must be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys (2006). In addition to her position at the Guggenheim, Nancy Spector was one of the curators of Monument to Now, an exhibition of the Dakis Joannou Collection, which premiered in Athens in 2004 as an official part of the Olympics program. She was Adjunct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennale in 1998. She has contributed to numerous books on contemporary visual culture with essays on artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Luc Tuymans, Douglas Gordon, and Marina Abramovic. In 2007 she was the U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she presented an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. She is a recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curators Award (1993) and a Cartier Foundation Grant (1992). Five of her exhibitions at the Guggenheim have won International Art Critics Association Awards. Ms. Spector received her Masters Degree in Art History from the Clark Art Institute, Williams College, attended the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and completed her MPhil at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

More information about the foundation can be found at

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *