Elisabeth Sussman

1999 Vera List Center Fellow
Elisabeth Sussman is a curator living in New York City.

Programs and projects
Curating the Biennial—An Artforum Roundtable: Seven Curators Past and Present Discuss the Whitney Experience

Sussman is Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she recently curated the exhibition Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing and is curating the forthcoming Gordon Matta-Clark retrospective. She has organized a number of other Whitney exhibitions including Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes (1991); Nan Goldin: I'll Be Your Mirror (1996), with David Armstrong; Keith Haring (1997); and the Museum's 1993 Biennial. She has recently co-curated two exhibitions on the work of Eva Hesse: one of her drawings with The Drawing Center and another of her sculpture with the Jewish Museum, both in New York. For the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sussman co-organized, with Renate Petzinger of the Museum Wiesbaden, a full retrospective on the work of Eva Hesse. The exhibition received the International Art Critics Association First Prize for the best monographic exhibition outside of New York in 2001 and 2002. For SFMOMA, Elisabeth Sussman also organized, with Sandra Phillips, a retrospective of the work of Diane Arbus. The catalogue for the Arbus exhibition has received the 2004 Infinity Award for Publication of the International Center of Photography. Elisabeth Sussman was a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy in 1999. She was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in 2003. She is the author of many publications, including Lisette Model (Phaidon, 2001) and will be contributing essays on Robert Gober and Lee Bontecou for upcoming exhibition catalogues. (Biography as of 2003)


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