Elissa Auther

Elissa Auther is the Windgate Research Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Bard Graduate Center. Her book, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minnesota, 2010), focuses on the broad utilization of fiber in American art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft expressed by the medium’s new visibility. She is a coeditor with Adam Lerner of West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977 (Minnesota, 2012). Her retrospective exhibition of the painter and photographer Marilyn Minter titled Pretty Dirty will open in 2015 and will be accompanied by a catalogue. In addition, she co-directs “Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics,” a public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver that focuses on issues of women and gender through creative practice.