Beginning on February 8, Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey to examine the art of the ’90s in its historical context. The exhibition was curated by Alexandra Schwartz and showcases approximately 65 works by 45 artists born or practicing in the United States and will comprise installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art. The artists in the exhibition came of age during the 90s and reflect the diverse nature of the art world during this time, as artists of color, women artists, and LGBT artists attained increased prominence.
Alexandra Schwartz was born and raised in Washington D.C. and currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She joined MAM in 2010 as its first curator of contemporary art. Previously she was on the curatorial staff of the Museum of Modern Art. She is a writer, editor and has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Montclair State University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.
Baristanet met with Schwartz to discuss the upcoming exhibit, her personal influences and learn a bit more about MAM’s curator of contemporary art: