Leigh Markopoulos

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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 60s and 70s, 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 is a reviewer for art agenda, and has also worked on numerous writing and editorial projects, such as most recently Great Expectations: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education (Cologne: Walther Koenig Books, 2016), which followed a symposium on the same subject organized earlier this year by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. She is currently working on an anthology of Zdenka Badovinac's writings (forthcoming, Independent Curators International, 2017) and has recently edited publications for Rashid Johnson (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2016), Tim Hawkinson (Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2015) and Terry Smith (Talking Contemporary Curating, Independent Curators International, 2015). 

From 2003–10 she was an adjunct professor in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and was reappointed as associate professor in 2010.



BA, University of Southampton