Marina McDougall

Marina McDougall is a curator working at the intersection of art, science, nature and culture. McDougall was recently appointed the director of the Exploratorium's new Center for Art & Inquiry, where she strategizes and orchestrates the museum's cross-program work in the arts and develops projects.

McDougall has 20 years' experience organizing exhibitions and public programs. She was the first curator of art and design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art and is a cofounder of the Studio for Urban Projects.

She has been a visiting curator at the MIT Media Lab, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Oakland Museum of California. McDougall's long-term project The Garden of Forking Paths involves drawing upon the history gardens to shape new forms of garden experience.

In 2011 McDougall organized the Exploratorium conference "Art as a Way of Knowing". She is the coeditor of the Marvelous Museum: Treasures, Curiosities and Orphans of the Oakland Museum of California: A Project of Mark Dion (Chronicle Books, 2010) and Science Is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve (MIT Press/Brico Press, 2000).

She is on the board of the Seed Fund.


BA, University of California, Berkeley; MA, Stanford