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

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

by Marcia Tucker, Liza Lou (Editor)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520265950
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/20/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 850,734
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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 / 1945–1956 / 3
two / 1957–1959 / 1 3
three / 1960–1962 / 2 6
four / 1963–1964 / 4 6
five / 1965–1966 / 6 5
s i x / 1967–1968 / 7 2
seven / 1969–1970 / 7 9
eight / 1971–1974 / 9 1
nine / 1975–1976 / 1 0 8
ten / 1977–1980 / 1 2 0
eleven / 1980–1983 / 1 3 8
twelve / 1983–1984 / 1 4 9
thirteen / 1984–1993 / 1 6 0
fourteen / 1994–1995 / 1 7 5
fifteen / 1997 / 1 8 3
sixteen / 1998–2004 / 1 9 1

afterword by liza lou / 1 9 9
author’s acknowledgments / 2 0 5
editor’s acknowledgments / 2 0 7
photography credits / 2 0 9

index

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From the Publisher

"Offers some much-needed inspiration [and] ample evidence of Tucker's take-no-prisoners attitude and passion for "difficult" art."—New York Times Book Review

"A remarkable piece of writing. . . . [Tucker] has composed a literary monument to her heroic life in art, as moving as it is entertaining."—Artforum

"A candid, entertaining, and illuminating account of the 1960s art world. . . . A perfect antidote to this bloated, spectacle-heavy moment."—Bookforum

Marcia Tucker's courage, conviction and chutzpah are inspiration for those of us who seek to lead meaningful professional lives."—Museum

"A vivid, candid, self-critical and moving account of Tucker's life. . . . Novice curators should find it inspiring."—The Art Book

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