Samantha Ozer

I am a curator and researcher living in New York City. 

Currently I am the lead Salon Producer & Research in MoMA's Research & Development Department. MoMA R&D provides information and critical tools to identify and explore new directions and opportunities for The Museum of Modern Art and—leading by example—the broader museum field. It is both crucible and catalyst for new ways of thinking and doing in museums. Our speakers have included artists Tania Bruguera, Vija Celmins, Nan Goldin, and K8 Hardy, sociologist Elijah Anderson, anthropologists Tricia Wang and Alexa Clay, music producer Tor Hermansen, NY Commissioners of Cultural Affairs past and present Kate Levin and Tom Finkelpearl, writers LaToya Peterson and Mona Eltahawy, literary and cultural critic Maria Popova, fashion and culture icon Bethann Hardison, data scientist Hilary Mason, museum director Yana Peel, food impresario of Ghetto Gastro Jon Gray, as well as MoMA’s own director Glenn Lowry and trustee David Rockefeller, Jr.


You can look through the reading materials and re-watch past salons on our website. I was most recently involved in organizing Salon 28: Angels, Salon 29: Dependency, and Salon 30: White Male. 

On May 4th, I will be speaking on a panel at Art in General as part of their Learning and Unlearning series. Art historian Katherine Rochester and the artist collective Lou Cantor will lead a discussion based on their recent co-edited volume, Intersubjectivity, Volume II: Scripting the Human. Together, we will consider how, in contexts such as these public discussions, intersubjectivities are formed and reformed through performance and engagement. Rather than a conclusion, the conversation hopes to be a bridge to future enactments of collective projects.

I am also a contributor for Art Observed and have written exhibition reviews on exhibitions showing works by Lisa Yuskavage, Pablo PicassoAdrián Villar Rojas, Jordan Wolfson, Cy Twombly, David SalleJean-Luc Moulène, Richard Serra, Pat Steir, Sean ScullyNjideka Akunyili Crosby, Tony Cragg, and Danny Lyon.

My curatorial projects include, consulting on Galitzine Collective's Salon 63 (various locations and public site throughout London), Matter // Matter (Gallery 23, Edinburgh), Leave no Trace (Tent Gallery, Edinburgh), Grub Night (Checkpoint, Edinburgh).

I have previously held positions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh), Artforum (London), Southard Reid Gallery (London),  Marian Goodman Gallery (London and New York), Cronin Contemporary (New York), Kim Heirston Art Advisory (New York), Lyon & Turnbull Auction House (Edinburgh).

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