NEW YORK, NY.-
The Board of Trustees of the Nancy Graves Foundation
announced the appointment of Christina Hunter as the new director of the Nancy Graves Foundation following the retirement of Linda Kramer in December, after 14 years.
We were seeking a director who is both a scholar and an artist. Christina Hunter comes to us with extensive academic, museum, gallery and studio experience, explained Sanford Hirsch, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nancy Graves Foundation. Christina Hunters scholarly research into the history and concept of collage and assemblage techniques provides an ideal foundation for further research into Nancy Graves artistic practice, while her experience as an artist will be invaluable for understanding the many media explored by Nancy Graves and to administer the Visual Artist Grant program of the Foundation, continues Sanford Hirsch, who is also the Executive Director of the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.
Christina Hunter will oversee the collection and archive at the foundation, collaborate with scholars and institutions doing research and exhibitions of the artist and administer the Visual Artist Grants program.
Christina Hunter received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she is on faculty and has taught courses and seminars in Western art history, collage, Modernism, and thesis writing. At the Museum of Modern Art, Christina Hunter has researched and lectured in French and German, as well as English for public and private education programs. Under the name Christina Stahr she exhibits her collages and installations internationally, and has work is in public, corporate, and private collections.
Nancy Graves (1940 1995) was one of the leading artists of her generation. Based in New York, her art was the subject of over 50 solo museum and gallery exhibitions during her lifetime, and her work is in the permanent collections of over 35 major art museums. Best known today for her daring assembled bronze sculptures, she worked in various media, including painting, watercolor, drawing, theater design, film, and graphics.
A not-for-profit foundation, the Nancy Graves Foundation was established by the artist to give grants to individual artists and to maintain an archive of her life and work and organize exhibitions of her art. The Nancy Graves Visual Artist Grants support artists who seek an opportunity to work a technique, medium or discipline that is different from the one in which they are primarily recognized.