Sam Wagstaff as Curator

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Sep 17 2016 - Dec 18 2016

Before Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. (1921–1987) began amassing his unprecedented private collection of photography in 1973, he had been a groundbreaking museum curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (1961–68) and at the Detroit Institute of Arts (1968–71). From Black, White and Grey, the first museum exhibition of Minimalist art; to publishing limited edition silkscreen portfolios of work by major contemporary artists in the 1960s; to advocating for Earth art that manipulates the natural landscape; Wagstaff was a trailblazer and an influential tastemaker in contemporary art.

This installation, drawn solely from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s permanent collection, will explore the impact Wagstaff specifically had as a curator through his organization of innovative exhibitions, his acquisitions of cutting-edge art, and his friendship with and promotion of countless young artists culminating in the eventual formation of the museum’s groundbreaking MATRIX program in 1975.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Contemporary
  • Various artists

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