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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. {#nodes}
  • Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara (March 27, 1926 – July 25, 1966) was an American writer, poet, and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became...  more

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  • Anthony Frederick Blunt (26 September 1907 – 26 March 1983), styled as Sir Anthony Blunt, KCVO, from 1956 to 1979, was a leading British art historian who in 1964, after being offered immunity from...  more
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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...  more
  • 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

    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

    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...  more
  • Claude Phillips

    Sir Claude Phillips (29 January 1846 – 9 August 1924) was an English writer, art historian and critic for the Daily Telegraph, Manchester Guardian and other publications during the late 19th century....  more
  • 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,...  more
  • Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned...  more
  • Allan Marquand (; 1853–1924) was an art historian at Princeton University and a curator of the Princeton University Art Museum....  more
  • William Rubin was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he first joined in 1967....  more
  • 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...  more
  • Ranjit Hoskote (born 29 March 1969) is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator....  more
  • Ananda Kentish Muthu Coomaraswamy (Tamil: ஆனந்த குமாரசுவாமி, Ānanda Kentiś Muthū Kumāraswāmī; Sinhala: ආනන්ද කුමාරස්වාමි; 22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a Sri Lankan Tamil philosopher and ...  more
  • Henri Loyrette (born 31 May 1952 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris) was the chairman of Admical, a French organisation dedicated to corporate philanthropy., and the former director of the...  more
  • Seth Siegelaub (born 1941, Bronx, New York - June 15, 2013, Basel, Switzerland) was an American-born art dealer, curator, author and researcher. He is best known for his innovative promotion of...  more
  • Thaddeus John Szarkowski (December 18, 1925 – July 7, 2007) was a photographer, curator, historian, and critic. From 1962 to 1991 Szarkowski was the director of photography at New York's Museum of...  more
  • Vaginal Davis is an American performing artist, painter, independent curator, composer, filmmaker and writer. Born intersex and raised in South Central, Los Angeles, Davis gained notoriety in New...  more
  • Henry Geldzahler (July 9, 1935 – August 16, 1994) was a Belgian-born American curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century, as well as a historian and critic of modern art. He is best known...  more
  • 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, Tattersall...  more
  • Lucy Lippard (born April 14, 1937) is an American writer, art critic, activist and curator. Lippard was among the first writers to argue for the "dematerialization" at work in conceptual art and was...  more
  • LeRoy Robert Ripley (December 25, 1890 – May 27, 1949) was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur, and amateur anthropologist who is known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel...  more
  • John Obadiah Westwood (22 December 1805 – 2 January 1893) was an English entomologist and archaeologist also noted for his artistic talents. Born in Sheffield, he studied to be a lawyer but abandoned...  more
  • Maurice Berger is an American cultural historian, curator, and art critic....  more