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2022 Founders Achievement Recipient - Stuart Comer 1986


Stuart Comer is The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance at The Museum of Modern Art. He oversees the collection and diverse program of exhibitions, events, and acquisitions for the Department of Media and Performance. He also leads The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, the Museum’s new space dedicated to performance, music, sound, spoken word, and expanded approaches to the moving image.

In addition to helping reconceive the Museum’s collection galleries, some of Mr. Comer’s recent projects at MoMA have included Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? (2021), member: Pope.L, 1978-2001 (2019), Haegue Yang: Handles (2019), Tania Bruguera: Untitled (Havana, 2000) (2018), Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers (at MoMA PS1, 2016), BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE (2016), Bouchra Khalili: The Mapping Journey Project (2016), and Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 (2015). He is co-curating (with Michelle Kuo) the forthcoming exhibition, Signals: How Video Transformed the World (2023).

Mr. Comer was co-curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennial, and from 2004-2013 served as the first Curator of Film at Tate Modern, London, where he oversaw film and video work for the Tate Collection and Displays and co-curated the opening program of the Tanks at Tate Modern. He holds a BA (1990) in art history from Carleton College in Minnesota and attended the Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art, London (2002). He attended Evansville Day School from 1973-1982 and attended high school at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, from 1982-1986.