Ingrid Schaffner

Senior Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Ingrid Schaffner joined ICA as Senior Curator in 2001. Her recent exhibitions at ICA include Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay (2009, with Jenelle Porter), which explores clay as a material in contemporary art; Douglas Blau (2009), the first exhibition of new work in nearly a decade; The Puppet Show (2008, with Carin Kuoni), a group exhibition that looked at the imagery of puppets in contemporary art; Karen Kilimnik (2007), the first American survey of the work by a Philadelphia artist of international stature; and Accumulated Vision, Barry Le Va, a survey of the Post-minimalist artist’s work of the past 40 years (2005).

Working independently, among the exhibitions she has organized are Jess: To and from the Printed Page (Independent Curators International, 2007); Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970s (White Columns, New York, 2003); Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery (Equitable Gallery, New York, 1998); Deep Storage, (Haus der Kunst, Munich, 1997); Chocolate! (Swiss Institute, 1995); and Return of the Cadavre Exquis (The Drawing Center, New York 1993). She has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Her publications include Salvador Dali­’s Dream of Venus: The Surrealist Funhouse at the 1939 World’s Fair (Princeton Architectural Press) and an essay on wall text in Questions of Practice: What Makes a Great Exhibition? (Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative). Schaffner, who participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.