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A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

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Publisher Comments:

"Marcia was instrumental in introducing so many artists throughout her career, and I was one of them."and#151;Bruce Nauman

"I know of no other curator who has left a major museum and said, 'I'll start a new museum.' Marcia was for me a mentor, then a beacon, and later a role model. I consider myself fortunate."and#151;John Baldessari

"Marcia was a rebel with a cause: shaking up the staid world of art museums. She did it with vision, guts, and humor. We are forever indebted to her example."and#151;Guerrilla Girls

"A Short Life Of Troubleand#151;gossipy and delicious, smart and often deeply movingand#151;takes us through Marcia Tucker's tough but fascinating days as a young, adventurous curator at the Whitney Museum to her ambivalent triumphs and constant challenges as the visionary founder of the New Museum, and beyond. The author emerges as a fierce, outspoken champion of contemporary artists, especially the risk-takers who are often marginalized and overlooked or not an easy sell. Her intelligence, passion, immense generosity of spirit, and wry, witty observations on the battles and machinations of the New York art world of the 1980s and 1990s are alive on every page. Although in her quest to live a just, meaningful existence she was often hardest on herself, Marcia Tucker clearly knew how to have fun and made every minute count. This poignant memoir lets us glimpse the all-too-brief but rich and remarkable life of an extraordinary human being."and#151;Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dream Jungle

Review:

"In this insightful and well-crafted memoir, long-time contemporary art curator Tucker (1945-2006) gives readers a backstage account of forty years on the New York and national art scene. A passionate art student, Tucker's career began when she put down the paint brush and dedicated herself to tracking down contemporary art; before long, she would become the first woman curator of The Whitney Museum, before founding and directing The New Museum. Her curatorial history is both humble and sophisticated ('it's one thing to want to create something, another to spend your life interpreting what someone else has made'), as well as vivid, charming and honest, revealing in direct language her reasons for exhibiting Bill Bollinger's giant boulder, pulled whole from the WTC excavation site, or storming out of a class-and her PhD program-after a professor referred to Nancy Graves's realistic, life-size camel sculptures as 'novelty art.' Aside from meeting some of the most famous artists of our time, from Marcel Duchamp to Bob Dylan, Tucker's personal story involves a tragic family life and years as a starving artist, related poignantly but without pandering. Deftly edited by close friend and artist Lou, this is an arresting tour of a life devoted to new art, with a perfectly charming guide." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This engrossing memoir brings to vivid life the behind-the-scenes struggles of Marcia Tucker, the first woman to be hired as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Tucker came of age in the 1960s, and this spirited account of her life draws the reader directly into the burgeoning feminist movement and the excitement of the New York art world during that time. Her own new ways of thinking led her to take principled stands that have changed the way art museums consider contemporary art. As curator of painting and sculpture at the Whitney, she organized major exhibitions of the work of Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, and Richard Tuttle, among others. As founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, she organized and curated groundbreaking exhibitions that often focused on the nexus of art and politics. The book highlights Tucker's commitment to forging a new system when the prevailing one proved too narrow for her expansive vision.

About the Author

Marcia Tucker, who died in 2006, was a curator of contemporary art and the founder and director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Liza Lou is an artist.

Table of Contents

prologue / 1

one / 1945and#150;1956 / 3

two / 1957and#150;1959 / 1 3

three / 1960and#150;1962 / 2 6

four / 1963and#150;1964 / 4 6

five / 1965and#150;1966 / 6 5

s i x / 1967and#150;1968 / 7 2

seven / 1969and#150;1970 / 7 9

eight / 1971and#150;1974 / 9 1

nine / 1975and#150;1976 / 1 0 8

ten / 1977and#150;1980 / 1 2 0

eleven / 1980and#150;1983 / 1 3 8

twelve / 1983and#150;1984 / 1 4 9

thirteen / 1984and#150;1993 / 1 6 0

fourteen / 1994and#150;1995 / 1 7 5

fifteen / 1997 / 1 8 3

sixteen / 1998and#150;2004 / 1 9 1

afterword by liza lou / 1 9 9

authorand#8217;s acknowledgments / 2 0 5

editorand#8217;s acknowledgments / 2 0 7

photography credits / 2 0 9

index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520257009
Subtitle:
Forty Years in the New York Art World
Author:
Tucker, Marcia
Editor:
Lou, Liza
Author:
Lou, Liza
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Art museum curators.
Subject:
Art critics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art critics - United States
Subject:
Tucker, Marcia
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081022
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 b/w photographs
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.03 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this insightful and well-crafted memoir, long-time contemporary art curator Tucker (1945-2006) gives readers a backstage account of forty years on the New York and national art scene. A passionate art student, Tucker's career began when she put down the paint brush and dedicated herself to tracking down contemporary art; before long, she would become the first woman curator of The Whitney Museum, before founding and directing The New Museum. Her curatorial history is both humble and sophisticated ('it's one thing to want to create something, another to spend your life interpreting what someone else has made'), as well as vivid, charming and honest, revealing in direct language her reasons for exhibiting Bill Bollinger's giant boulder, pulled whole from the WTC excavation site, or storming out of a class-and her PhD program-after a professor referred to Nancy Graves's realistic, life-size camel sculptures as 'novelty art.' Aside from meeting some of the most famous artists of our time, from Marcel Duchamp to Bob Dylan, Tucker's personal story involves a tragic family life and years as a starving artist, related poignantly but without pandering. Deftly edited by close friend and artist Lou, this is an arresting tour of a life devoted to new art, with a perfectly charming guide." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
This engrossing memoir brings to vivid life the behind-the-scenes struggles of Marcia Tucker, the first woman to be hired as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Tucker came of age in the 1960s, and this spirited account of her life draws the reader directly into the burgeoning feminist movement and the excitement of the New York art world during that time. Her own new ways of thinking led her to take principled stands that have changed the way art museums consider contemporary art. As curator of painting and sculpture at the Whitney, she organized major exhibitions of the work of Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, and Richard Tuttle, among others. As founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, she organized and curated groundbreaking exhibitions that often focused on the nexus of art and politics. The book highlights Tucker's commitment to forging a new system when the prevailing one proved too narrow for her expansive vision.
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