Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, discusses the work and life of Richard Artschwager. From 1981 to 1992 Armstrong served as curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he curated a 1988 exhibition on Artschwager and authored the accompanying catalogue.
In conjunction with Richard Artschwager!.
Richard Armstrong graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. He studied at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, and the Université de Dijon, and was educated in Kansas City, Missouri. Since November 2008, he has been Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, where he focuses on the pivotal role of the New York museum and its collection while also providing leadership and management for the other institutions in the Guggenheim network, as well as stewardship of the development of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum. Armstrong works with senior staff to fully maximize all aspects of the Foundation’s operations: permanent collections, exhibition programs, loans, acquisitions, documentation, scholarship, and conservation. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Armstrong was The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, where he also served as Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art. From 1981 to 1992, he was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he organized four Biennales, as well as several other exhibitions. He previously served as a curator at La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California.
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