Remembering Leigh Markopoulos

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Leigh Markopoulos, the San Francisco-based art writer, editor, curator and leading educator in the field of curatorial studies, died on February 24 in Los Angeles. Since 2008, she served as chair of CCA's Curatorial Practice Program.

Born in Hannover, Germany, Markopoulos began her career at London's Hayward Gallery in 1991, later moving to the Serpentine Gallery where, as Exhibition Organizer, she worked closely with (and often befriended) leading artists such as Richard Artschwager, Hans Haacke, and Bridget Riley.

In addition to organizing over 50 exhibitions in her career, Markopolous was an exceptionally talented and exacting editor who oversaw publications for numerous artists as well as for the many group exhibitions organized during her tenure as Deputy Director of San Francisco's CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, a role she assumed in 2002.

After playing a major part in developing the Wattis program, she became director of Rena Bransten Gallery where she curated notable exhibitions such as Complicity: Contemporary Photography and the Matter of Sculpture (2009). 

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