Aug 15, 1991

Dia Center for the Arts announced today the appointment of Lynne Cooke to the position of Curator effective immediately. Until November 1991, Ms. Cooke will divide her time between Dia and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, where she is co-curating the Carnegie International, a large international exhibition of contemporary art opening in October 1991.

Ms. Cooke will be working primarily with the exhibition program at Dia’s 548 West 22nd Street facility, a 4-story renovated warehouse building, where large scale, long-term, single artist projects are presented. During the 1991-1992 season, Dia plans exhibitions of work at this facility by Dan Graham, Brice Marden, Joseph Beuys (from Dia’s permanent collection), and Robert Gober.

Ms. Cooke will also be involved in the management and exhibition of Dia’s permanent collection, a collection in great depth of the works of a focused group of artists from the 60s and 70s, including, among others, Joseph Beuys, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Walter De Maria, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol.

The third area of primary responsibility for Ms. Cooke will be the further development of Dia’s Discussions in Contemporary Culture, a series of symposia for critical discussion and debate with related publications.

Ms. Cooke’s most recent experience in organizing exhibitions of contemporary art has come through the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, where she and Mark Francis have been co-curating the Carnegie International (to open in October 1991). She is also currently involved as a co-curator in the organization of a large scale exhibition of contemporary art at the Hayward Gallery, London, opening in February, 1992. Cooke has curated a number of other important exhibitions, including The Painter-Sculptor in the Twentieth Century (1986), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Aerto 86, Venice Biennale and Reorienting: Looking East (1990), Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, and Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London.

Ms. Cooke completed her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art at London University in 1988, and has taught in the History of Art Department at University College, London University, for many years. She has also lectured on contemporary art at universities, museums and galleries in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, the United States, and Great Britain. She is a frequent contributor to many major art publications, including Artscribe, Art in America, Art Monthly, and The Burlington Magazine. She served on the editorial boards of Artscribe (1985) and The Burlington Magazine. Cooke has also written numerous essays for exhibition catalogues.

Ms. Cooke has served on prestigious committees such as the Turner Prize Committee, Tate Gallery London (1985); Art Advisory Board, The Hayward Gallery (1987-present); and British Representative, the Sydney Biennale, Australia (1988).

Lynne Cooke will replace Gary Garrels, who worked at Dia from 1987 to 1991 and is now Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Dia Center for the Arts is one of the nations largest organizations devoted to contemporary art. Its long term presentations of work by Dan Flavin, Walter De Maria, and Donald Judd, and its highly focused exhibition program at 548 West 22nd Street have distinguished Dia from other museums involved in contemporary arts programming. Dia is a not-for-profit organization and since a reorganization in 1986, draws its funding from a broad base of public support.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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