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)
Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Anthony Blunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Curators
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. ...more
Robert Rosenblum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Curators
Robert Rosenblum is a writer.
Ann Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Bonnie Clearwater is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Fitzroy Carrington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
David Moos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Claude Phillips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Michael Willmer Forbes Tweedie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Allan Marquand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
William Rubin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Curators
William Rubin was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he first joined in 1967.
Wilfrid Blunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Ranjit Hoskote is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Curators
Ranjit Hoskote is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator.
Ananda Coomaraswamy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Henri Loyrette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Seth Siegelaub is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
John Szarkowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Curators
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.
Vaginal Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Henry Geldzahler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Curators
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 ...more
Ian Tattersall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Curators
Ian Tattersall
Ian Tattersall is a British-born American paleoanthropologist and a curator emeritus with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York. In addition to human evolution, ...more
Lucy R. Lippard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Curators
Lucy Lippard is an internationally known writer, art critic, activist and curator from the United States. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the "dematerialization" at ...more
Robert Ripley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Curators
LeRoy Robert Ripley, better know by the name Robert Ripley, was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur, and amateur anthropologist, who is known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! ...more
John Obadiah Westwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Curators
John Obadiah Westwood was an English entomologist and archaeologist also noted for his artistic talents. Born in Sheffield, he studied to be a lawyer but abandoned that for his scientific ...more
Maurice Berger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Curators
Maurice Berger is an American cultural historian, curator, and art critic.