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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.

Joseph Bonomi the Younger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Curators
Joseph Bonomi the Younger was an English sculptor, artist, Egyptologist and museum curator.

Frank Rutter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Curators
Francis Vane Phipson Rutter was a British art critic, curator and activist. In 1903, he became art critic for The Sunday Times, a position which he held for the rest of his life. He was an early ...more

Jenni Olson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Curators
Jenni Olson was born and raised in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Olson is a film exhibition curator, director, award winning documentary filmmaker, and author. Olson co-founded and still writes for ...more

Robert Storr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Curators
Robert Storr is an American curator, critic, painter, and academic.

John Walker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Curators
John Walker John Walker III was an American art curator, and the second director of the National Gallery of Art, from 1956 to 1969.

John Elderfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Curators
John Elderfield was the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 2003 to 2008.

Lawrence Rinder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Curators
Lawrence Rinder Lawrence R. Rinder is the Director of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, a position to which he was appointed in 2008. Previously, he was the Dean of the College at the California ...more

George Perkins Merrill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Curators
George Perkins Merrill was an American geologist, notable as the head curator from 1917 to 1929 of the Department of Geology, United States National Museum. He was educated at the University of ...more

Sam Wagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Curators
Samuel Jones Wagstaff Jr. was an American art curator and collector as well as the artistic mentor and benefactor of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and poet-punk rocker Patti Smith. Wagstaff ...more

Kristján Eldjárn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Curators
Dr. Kristján Eldjárn was the third President of Iceland, from 1968 to 1980. His parents were Þórarinn Kr. Eldjárn, a teacher in Tjörn, and Sigrún ...more

Tom Harrisson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Curators
Major Tom Harnett Harrisson DSO OBE was a British polymath. In the course of his life he was an ornithologist, explorer, journalist, broadcaster, soldier, guerrilla, ethnologist, museum curator, ...more

Clare Bice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Curators
Clare Bice, CM was a Canadian artist, curator, and children's book author/illustrator. Born in Durham, Ontario and raised in London, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English ...more

Frank Popper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Curators
Frank Popper is a historian of art and technology and Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII. He has been decorated with the medal of the ...more

Paul Ardenne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Curators
Paul Ardenne is Professor of history at the University of Amiens, and is also an art critic and a curator in the field of contemporary art. He grew up in a family of farmers from Charente, he ...more

Germano Celant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Curators
Germano Celant Germano Celant is an Italian art historian, critic and curator, who coined the term "Arte Povera" in 1967 and wrote many articles and books on the subject.

Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Curators
Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer was a Baltic German anatomist who discovered stellate macrophage cells that bear his name.

Bernard Fagg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Curators
Bernard Evelyn Buller Fagg was a British archaeologist and Museum curator who undertook extensive work in Nigeria before and after the Second World War.

Oscar White Muscarella is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Curators
Oscar White Muscarella is an American archaeologist and former research fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he worked for over 40 years before retiring in 2009. His specialty is the ...more

Jean-Jacques Lebel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Curators
Jean-Jacques Lebel is a French artist, poet, poetry publisher, political activist and scholar born in Paris in 1936. He is known primarily for his work with Happenings, and as an art theory ...more

Oliver C. Farrington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Curators
Oliver Cummings Farrington was an American geologist. He was born at Brewer, Maine, and was educated at the University of Maine and at Yale University, where he was tutor in 1890-91. Between ...more

Thomas Henry Holland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Curators
Sir Thomas Henry Holland KCSI KCIE FRS was a British geologist and educational administrator. Thomas Holland was born in Helston, Cornwall. In 1884, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal ...more

Dan Cameron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Curators
Dan Cameron Dan Cameron is an American art curator, most recently the former Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach.

Pontus Hultén is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Curators
Karl Gunnar Vougt Pontus Hultén was a Swedish art collector and museum director. Pontus Hultén is regarded as one of the most distinguished museum professionals of the twentieth ...more

Norman D. Newell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Curators
Norman Dennis Newell was professor of geology at Columbia University, and chairman and curator of invertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Lisa Steele is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Curators
Lisa Steele is a Canadian artist, a pioneer in video art, educator, curator and co-founder of V tape in Toronto. Born in the United States, Steele moved to Canada in 1968 and is now a Canadian ...more