Apsara DiQuinzio

Title: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matrix Curator

Affiliation: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)

Apsara DiQuinzio is curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matrix curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), where she is responsible for exhibitions and collections in the modern and contemporary area, in addition to overseeing the MATRIX program of contemporary art, which features approximately six exhibitions annually, often of new, rarely seen, or experimental work. From 2006 to 2012 she was assistant curator in the Painting and Sculpture Department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she organized solo exhibitions with Trisha Donnelly, Vincent Fecteau, Mai-Thu Perret, R. H. Quaytman, Felix Schramm, Paul Sietsema, and Katharina Wulff. In 2010, she received a Warhol Curatorial Fellowship to organize and research Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, an international group exhibition that took place at SFMOMA in 2012. She also edited the book The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality, and organized the accompanying exhibition. Additionally, she was a co-curator of the 2010 and 2008 SECA Art Award exhibitions, SFMOMA’s biennial award for local emerging artists, and curated Abstract Rhythms: Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart.

Prior to SFMOMA, DiQuinzio worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002-2006), where she organized the group shows Burgeoning Geometries: Constructed Abstractions and Skin Is a Language, as well as co-organized the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Landscape, and Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75, among other exhibitions. She has contributed essays to numerous catalogues and art journals, including Artforum, Mousse, The Exhibitionist, and Cura. She has a BA, cum laude, in Art & Art History from Colgate University, and an MA in Modern Art History, Theory & Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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