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List of Famous Curators

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List of famous curators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top curators in the world? This includes the most prominent curators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable curators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic curators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned curators.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Frank O'Hara and Margaret Mead.

From reputable, prominent, and well known curators to the lesser known curators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the curator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous curators ever?" and "What are the names of famous curators?" then you're in the right place. (505 items)


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    Frank O'Hara
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    Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York City's art world. O'Hara is regarded as a leading figure in the New York School—an informal group of artists, writers and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1926-1966)
    • Birthplace: Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Art critic, Curator, Writer, Playwright
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    Anthony Frederick Blunt, known as Sir Anthony Blunt, KCVO from 1956 to 1979, when he was stripped of his honours, was a British art historian who was exposed late in his life as a Soviet spy. Blunt was Professor of the History of Art at the University of London, director of the Courtauld Institute of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1907-1983)
    • Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Curator
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    Robert Rosenblum is a writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1927-2006)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Curator, Writer
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    Ann Goldstein

    Ann Goldstein is the former curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and former museum director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Ann Goldstein was born in 1957 in Los Angeles, California, United States. She studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, where ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Artistic Director, Curator
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    Bonnie Clearwater

    Bonnie Clearwater is an American writer and art historian. She is the director and chief curator of Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Previously, Clearwater was the director and chief curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. She has a particular interest in the ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Profession: Curator
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    Fitzroy Carrington

    Fitzroy Carrington was an American editor, born at Surbiton, Surrey, England. His high school education was at Victoria College, Jersey, and he came to the United States in 1886. He obtained an honorary College degree in the USA shortly before teaching at Harvard. His brother was the famed writer and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1869-1954)
    • Profession: Journalist, Curator
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    David Moos

    David Moos is the former Curator of Contemporary art at AGO Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, departing from the position in 2010. Moos went to Jesse Ketchum Public School in Yorkville, Toronto and then went on to Jarvis Collegiate, he received a doctorate in art history from Columbia University and is ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Profession: Curator
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    Claude Phillips

    Sir Claude Phillips was an English writer, art historian and critic for the Daily Telegraph, Manchester Guardian and other publications during the late 19th century. He was the first keeper of the Wallace Collection at Hertford House, writing its first catalogue, and held that post from 1900 until his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1846-1924)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Curator
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    Michael Willmer Forbes Tweedie

    Michael Wilmer Forbes Tweedie was a naturalist and archaeologist working in South East Asia, who was Director of the Raffles Museum in Singapore. Tweedie was the son of Maurice Carmichael Tweedie, who was Deputy Inspector-General in the Imperial Indian Police Service, and his wife Mildred Clarke. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1907-1993)
    • Profession: Curator
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    Margaret Mead
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    Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard College in New York City and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. Mead was a respected and often ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1901-1978)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist, Professor, Author, Curator, + more
    • Credits: Trance and Dance in Bali
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    Allan Marquand was an art historian at Princeton University and a curator of the Princeton University Art Museum. Marquand was the son of Henry Gurdon Marquand, a prominent philanthropist and art collector. After graduating from Princeton in 1874, Allan obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1880, at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1853-1924)
    • Profession: Professor, Curator
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    William Rubin was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he first joined in 1967.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1927-2006)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Art Historian, Curator
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    Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt was an art teacher, author, artist and curator of the Watts Gallery at Compton, Surrey. He was educated at Marlborough College, Worcester College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Art. He taught art at Haileybury College and Eton College and helped to start a revolution in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1901-1987)
    • Profession: Curator
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    Ranjit Hoskote is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Art critic, Curator
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    Ananda Coomaraswamy
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    Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese Tamil philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West. In particular, he is described as "the groundbreaking theorist ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1877-1947)
    • Birthplace: Colombo, Eurasia, Sri Lanka, Western Province, Colombo District
    • Profession: Curator, Philosopher
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    Henri Loyrette
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    Henri Loyrette is the chairman of Admical, a French organisation dedicated to corporate philanthropy. He is the former director of the Louvre Museum. He became first curator and then director of the Musée d'Orsay in 1978 and 1994 respectively.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
    • Profession: Author, Curator
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    Seth Siegelaub was an American-born art dealer, curator, author and researcher. He is best known for his innovative promotion of conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 70s., but has also been a political researcher and publisher, textile history bibliographer and collector, and a researcher working ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1941-2013)
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Art dealer, Curator
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    John Szarkowski was a photographer, curator, historian, and critic. From 1962 to 1991 Szarkowski was the Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)
    • Birthplace: Ashland, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian, Curator, Critic, Photographer
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    Vaginal Davis is an American intersex-born, genderqueer performing artist, painter, independent curator, composer, and writer. Davis' name is a homage to activist Angela Davis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Davis became well-known in the 1980s in New York City. She currently resides in Berlin.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Gossip columnist, Musician, Film Producer, Author, Performance Artist, + more
    • Credits: Hustler White, Super 8½, The Dream of Norma, The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange, + more
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    Henry Geldzahler was a curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century, as well as a modern art art historian and art critic. He is best known for his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, and for his social role in the art world with a close ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1935-1994)
    • Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
    • Profession: Art Historian, Art critic, Curator
    • Credits: Since
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