Staff Recommendation – A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

“Institutional thinking tells us to look very, very carefully before leaping—and such thinking virtually guarantees that we’ll never leap at all. As an antidote to this, my motto has been “Act first, think later – that way you might have something to think about.” (174)


In 1969, the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City hired Marcia Tucker, as their first ever woman curator. Shortly after organizing an exhibition for the post-minimalist artist Richard Tuttle, the Whitney decided to terminate her after receiving dissatisfied reviews regarding the show’s conceptually perplexing style. A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York City Art World, edited by Liza Lou, focuses on Marcia Tucker’s persistent desire to challenge the traditional norms and role of the institution through her radical approach to exhibition-making. Her memoir is adorned with personal details of the curator’s private life while simultaneously providing an insightful perspective behind Marcia Tucker’s decision to open the New Museum of Contemporary Art shortly after being fired from the Whitney.

Recommended for any individual interested in curatorial practices, museum and institutional policies, or to simply learn more about the founder of the New Museum, and her relentless desire to push the boundaries of the New York City art world.

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Studio Art MFA Food For Thought Lecture Series: Julien Robson and Susan Myers

Curator Julien Robson will speak Wednesday, July 18, at 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium. Originally from Scotland, Robson is currently the curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Read an interview with Robson by Roberta Fallon for the Philadelphia Weekly (September 3, 2008) when he was new to PAFA. You can also read reviews of exhibitions Robson has curated at Fallon’s blog, theartblog.

Metalsmith Susan Myers will speak Thursday, July 19, at 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium. Myers is a Philadelphia-based artist who has exhibited nationally. Her work has been included in many books. Read “Susan Myers: Sleight of Hand” by Christine Tate in Metalsmith, 2011, 31(3): 53. This article is available through the UArts Libraries’ subscription database, EBSCOhost. If you are off campus you will be prompted to log in with your username and password to access the article. You can also read Myers’ opinion piece for Ganoksin entitled “The Artist as Curator and Critic.”

Julien Robson
Julien Robson
from Susan Myers' Disposable series
from Susan Myers' Disposable series