A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

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University of California Press, 2008 - Art - 215 pages
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"Marcia was instrumental in introducing so many artists throughout her career, and I was one of them."--Bruce Nauman
"I know of no other curator who has left a major museum and said, 'I'll start a new museum.' Marcia was for me a mentor, then a beacon, and later a role model. I consider myself fortunate."--John Baldessari
"Marcia was a rebel with a cause: shaking up the staid world of art museums. She did it with vision, guts, and humor. We are forever indebted to her example."--Guerrilla Girls
""A Short Life Of Trouble"--gossipy and delicious, smart and often deeply moving--takes us through Marcia Tucker's tough but fascinating days as a young, adventurous curator at the Whitney Museum to her ambivalent triumphs and constant challenges as the visionary founder of the New Museum, and beyond. The author emerges as a fierce, outspoken champion of contemporary artists, especially the risk-takers who are often marginalized and overlooked or not an easy sell. Her intelligence, passion, immense generosity of spirit, and wry, witty observations on the battles and machinations of the New York art world of the 1980s and 1990s are alive on every page. Although in her quest to live a just, meaningful existence she was often hardest on herself, Marcia Tucker clearly knew how to have fun and made every minute count. This poignant memoir lets us glimpse the all-too-brief but rich and remarkable life of an extraordinary human being."--Jessica Hagedorn, author of "Dream Jungle"
 

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In this insightful and well-crafted memoir, long-time contemporary art curator Tucker (1945-2006) gives readers a backstage account of forty years on the New York and national art scene. A passionate ... Read full review

Contents

prologue
1
one 19451956
3
two 19571959
13
three 19601962
26
four 19631964
46
five 19651968
65
six 19691970
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seven 19701974
91
eleven 19831984
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twelve 19841993
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thirteen 19941995
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fourteen 1997
183
fifteen 19982004
191
afterword by liza lou
199
authors acknowledgments
205
editors acknowledgments
207

eight 19741976
108
nine 19771980
120
ten 19801983
138
index
209
credits
215
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Marcia Tucker, who died in 2006, was a curator of contemporary art and the founder and director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Liza Lou is an artist.

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