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Dr. Alexandra Munroe

Dr. Alexandra Munroe

Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and co-curator of Gutai: Splendid Playground. A pioneering authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies, she has led the Guggenheim’s Asian art program since its founding in 2006 while also working on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. She convenes the museum’s biannual Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank.

Munroe has organized the award-winning and critically acclaimed Guggenheim exhibitions Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity(2011), The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 (2009), and Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe (2008). Other exhibitions and publications include Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective (1989), The Art of Mu Xin (2002), YES YOKO ONO (2000), Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture (2005), curated with Takashi Murakami. Her groundbreaking survey and textbook Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky (1994) is recognized for initiating the field of postwar Japanese art history in the U.S. Her exhibitions and scholarly catalogues have received top awards and recognition from the Association of American Art Museums, International Art Critics Association, College Art Association, Association of American Museum Curators, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), and China Art Powers. In 2008, The Third Mind received the Chairman’s Special Award from the Nationa Endowment for the Humanities.

Raised in Japan, Munroe is former Vice President of Japan Society, New York, and former director of its museum. She holds a B.A. from Sophia University, Tokyo, an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a Ph.D. in History from New York University, where her research was in modern East Asian intellectual history. She is a trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts; the United States–Japan Foundation; the Korea Society; and Intelligence Squared U.S., a public policy foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the advisory boards of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.