Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith was named the first Executive Director of the New York-based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in 2013.  Previously she was Executive Director, Curatorial Affairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.   Smith has curated major monographic exhibitions of artists including Jenny Holzer, Lee Bontecou, Kerry James Marshall, and Cindy Sherman as well as exhibitions on architecture such as Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses, The Architecture of R.M. Schindler.  She authored Techno Architecture(2000) and Case Study Houses (2002/2006) and has contributed essays to numerous additional publications including, most recently, Do Ho Suh Drawings and Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color, 1962-1963 (both 2014).   Smith is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

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Elizabeth Smith (CCL Class of 2012) Named First-ever Executive Director of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Yesterday Elizabeth Smith (CCL Class of 2012) was named the first-ever Executive Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.  Chairman Clifford Ross stated: “The Board of Directors of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is delighted to announce Elizabeth Smith’s appointment to head the Foundation at this important and exciting moment in its development. ... Read More >

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CCL Announces Class of 2012

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is pleased to announce its 2012 class of fellows. The incoming fellows represent a cross section of the most respected curators across North America.  Co-founded by Elizabeth Easton and Agnes Gund, the CCL is dedicated to expanding the leadership capacity of curators to meet the challenges of ... Read More >