Curator and Sondra Gilman of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art
Elisabeth Sussman joined the Whitney as a Curator in 1991 and was named Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography in 2004. She oversees the collection of photography and the running of the Photography Acquisition Committee, organizes special and touring exhibitions, and is currently co-curating the Whitney Biennial, among other projects, an exhibition of the work of Nick Mauss. She co-curated the Whitney Biennial 2012, curated the Whitney Biennial 1993, and has curated or co-curated such major exhibitions as Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner (2015): Paul The: Diver, A Retrospective 2010), which was awarded the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) award for best monographic show in New York. Other Whitney exhibitions include Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes (1993), Nan Goldin: I'll Be Your Mirror (1996), and Keith Haring (1997). She organized the Whitney's presentations of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World in 2017, and has also co-curated two exhibitions on the work of Eva Hesse's drawings, with the Drawing Center, and another of her sculpture, with the Jewish Museum. She won the Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2013. For the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sussman co-organized a full retrospective on the work of Eva Hesse (2002); the exhibition received AICA's First Prize for the best monographic exhibition outside of New York in 2001 and 2002. Before joining the Whitney, Ms. Sussman was a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio (1999) and a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute (2003). She served as Interim Director (1991) and Deputy Director for Programs (1989-91) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, following stints as Chief Curator (1982-89) and Curator (1976-82).
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