Starr Figura

Starr Figura


MoMA International Curatorial Institute 2014


Museum of Modern Art


The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books

Starr Figura is Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints. She joined the Museum in 1993. She is the curator of the critically lauded exhibition Gauguin: Metamorphoses. In 2011, Ms. Figura organized the exhibition German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, which marked the culmination of a major grant-funded project that she supervised to digitize, catalogue, and conserve the Museum’s collection of more than 3,800 Expressionist works on paper, all of which are now searchable on an extensive subsite on the MoMA website. In 2007, she organized Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings. She has also organized a number of exhibitions highlighting aspects of MoMA’s unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary works on paper, including, among others, Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded (2009), Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection (2008), The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now (2006), and Giorgio Morandi: Etchings (2000). In 2004, as guest curator, she organized Richard Diebenkorn Prints, 1948—1993 for the Katonah Museum of Art. In additional to authoring catalogues for the exhibitions on Gauguin, German Expressionism, Lucian Freud, and Richard Diebenkorn, she has contributed texts to numerous MoMA publications and to outside catalogues and journals. Ms. Figura holds a B.A. in art history from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in art history from Columbia University.

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