Museum of Modern Art: Starr Figura Promoted to Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints

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Starr Figura, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints. Photo: Martin Seck

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Starr Figura Promoted to Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints

Posted on April 10, 2014

Starr Figura, who has served as the Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books since 2008, has been promoted to Curator in the newly formed Department of Drawings and Prints. She joined the Museum in 1993 as Curatorial Assistant. She is the curator of the current critically lauded exhibition Gauguin: Metamorphoses, which is on view through June 8, 2014.

In 2011, Ms. Figura organized the exhibition German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, which marked the culmination of a major grant-funded project that she supervised to digitize, catalogue, and conserve the Museum’s collection of more than 3,800 Expressionist works on paper, all of which are now searchable on an extensive subsite on the MoMA website, MoMA.org/germanexpressionism. In 2007, she organized Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings. She has also organized a number of exhibitions highlighting aspects of MoMA’s unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary works on paper, including, among others, Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded (2009), Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection (2008), The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now (2006), and Giorgio Morandi: Etchings (2000). In 2004, as guest curator, she organized Richard Diebenkorn Prints, 1948—1993 for the Katonah Museum of Art and authored the accompanying catalogue.

Ms. Figura holds a B.A. in art history from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in art history from Columbia University.

“This promotion acknowledges Starr’s remarkable accomplishments and key role in our Department,” said Christophe Cherix, Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints. 

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