about the curator
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Chair of the Department of Art, University of California
Russell Ferguson assumed his current position as Chair of the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2007. Prior to this appointment, Ferguson held the positions of Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and continues to serve as adjunct curator there. Between 1991 and 2001, Ferguson was the Editor, then Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including The Undiscovered Country (2004), and solo exhibitions by Larry Johnson (2009); Francis Alÿs (2007); Wolfgang Tillmans (2006); Patty Chang (2005); and Christian Marclay (2003). At the Museum of Contemporary Art, he curated In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O'Hara and American Art (1999), as well as survey exhibitions of the work of Liz Larner and Douglas Gordon (both 2001). With Kerry Brougher, he organized Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950 (2001) for The Museum of Modern Art in Oxford. Additionally, Ferguson is the editor of Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, and Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures, both published by MIT Press.