Lynne Cooke joined the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in August 2014 as senior curator of special projects in Modern art. Cooke was previously appointed the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (Casva) from 2012 to 2014.
Before arriving at Casva in 2012, Cooke was deputy director and chief curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2008–12); curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York (1991–2008); artistic director, 10th Biennale of Sydney (1994–96); co-curator 1991 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and lecturer, history of art, University College, London University. Cooke has also worked in various capacities at numerous academic institutions including Yale University, New Haven; Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden; Bard College, New York; and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Other professional experience includes serving on the editorial board of The Burlington Magazine, 1988 to present, and on the Turner Prize Committee, Tate Gallery, London, 1985.
Highlights of exhibitions she has organized include the current “Outliers and American Vanguard Art” (at the NGA until 13 May); “Cristina Iglesias: A Place of Reflection” at Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janiero (2013); “Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos“ at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, New Museum, New York, and Serpentine Gallery, London (2012–13); “Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Dia Beacon/CCS Bard College (2010–11); “Francis Alÿs, Fabiola” at Dia at the Hispanic Society of America (2007 and still touring); “Zoe Leonard: You See I am Here After All” at Dia: Beacon (2008); “Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years“, co-curated with Kynaston McShine, at MoMA (2007); and the 1996 Sydney Biennale.
Cooke has received many awards and is widely published. In 2013 she wrote essays for the exhibition catalogues Matt Mullican: Subject Element Sign Frame World (Skira/Rizzoli, New York, 2013) and Orthodoxies Undermined, Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013). She has also authored or written for other exhibition catalogues about the work of such artists as Alighiero Boetti, James Castle, James Coleman, Willem de Kooning, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Agnes Martin, and Richard Serra.