Edited by Lisa Phillips, Johanna Burton, and Alicia Ritson, with Kate Wiener
These influential, hard-to-obtain texts—many of which have never before been published— by Marcia Tucker, founding director of New York’s New Museum, showcase her lifelong commitment to pushing the boundaries of curatorial practice and writing while rethinking inherited structures of power within and outside the museum. The volume brings together the only comprehensive bibliography of Tucker’s writing and highlights her critical attention to art’s relationship to broader culture and politics.
The book is divided into three sections: monographic texts on a selection of the visionary artists whom Tucker championed, among them Bruce Nauman, Joan Mitchell, Richard Tuttle, and Andres Serrano; exhibition essays from some of the formative group shows she organized, such as Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Materials (1969) and Bad Girls (1994), which expanded the canons of curating and art history; and other critical works, including lectures, that interrogated museum practice, inequities of the art world, and institutional responsibility. These texts attest to Tucker’s tireless pursuit of questions related to difference, marginalization, access, and ethics, illuminating her significant impact on contemporary art discourse in her own time and demonstrating her lasting contributions to the field.
Lisa Phillips is the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum. Johanna Burton is the Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum and editor for the museum’s Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture series. Alicia Ritson is a curator and was a Marcia Tucker Senior Research Fellow at the New Museum. Kate Wiener is a curatorial assistant at the New Museum.
—The Modern Art Notes Podcast
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
41 color and 10 b/w
Imprint: Getty Research Institute/New Museum