Ph.D. and MA, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Alexandra Schwartz is a curator and scholar of modern and contemporary art. Until recently, she served as the founding Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum. Her exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s toured nationally in 2015–16. At Montclair she also established the New Directions series of exhibitions and was involved in acquisitions and commissions of work by artists including Mark Dion, Spencer Finch, Natalie Frank, Vik Muniz, and Michalene Thomas. Previously she was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, where her exhibitions included Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now and Modern Women: Single Channel at MoMA PS1. She is the author of Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles (MIT Press, 2010), the co-editor of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 2010 winner of the Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Excellence for Outstanding Permanent Collection Catalogue); and the editor of Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages by Ed Ruscha (MIT Press, 2002). Schwartz has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and Montclair State University, and in the Education Departments at MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.