Leigh Markopoulos is a writer, arts manager, and the chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice located on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.
Formerly the director of Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, Markopoulos came to San Francisco to take up the position of deputy director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Prior to that she was exhibition organizer at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and at the Hayward Gallery. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently Love is a Stranger at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, and has organized over 50 exhibitions ranging from solo shows of the work of Richard Artschwager, Dan Flavin, and Brice Marden to major group exhibitions such as Monuments for the USA and IRREDUCIBLE: Contemporary Short Form Video.
Markopoulos' area of interest is broadly focused on the activities and networks of artists and dealers in the Sixties and Seventies, as well as artists who continue to employ strategies from that period in their art-making today. In addition to her CCA activities, she is Director of the Steven Leiber Trust (a significant collection of artist's books, ephemera, and works from the 60s to the 90s), and as of recently a Trustee of the foundation established to promote and preserve the work of the artist Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen).
Markopoulos has also worked on numerous writing and editorial projects, such as most recently Terry Smith's compendium of conversations with curators entitled Talking Contemporary Curating. Currently she is editing a publication entitled Great Expectations: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education (forthcoming, 2015, published by Walther König Books), which follows a symposium on the same subject organized earlier this year by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, as well as a catalogue for the artist Tim Hawkinson (forthcoming, 2015, published by the Exploratorium, San Francisco). From 2003–10 she was an adjunct professor in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and was reappointed as associate professor in 2010.