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Jane Farver (1947–2015)

Brian Boucher reports at Artnet that curator and museum administrator Jane Farver has died in Venice. She was working there with artist Joan Jonas on her presentation for the American Pavilion of this year’s Venice Biennale.

Farver was head of the MIT List Visual Arts Center from 1999 to 2011 where she organized solo exhibitions and projects by such artists as Mel Chin, Michael Joo, Paul Pfeiffer, Runa Islam, and Tavares Strachan. During Farver's tenure, the List also organized presentations for the Ninth Cairo Biennial, where she was cocommissioner for the American representative, Paul Pfeiffer; and the Forty-ningth Venice Biennale, with Fred Wilson at the US Pavilion.

Farver was the chief curator at the Queens Museum from 1992 until 1999, where she organized the exhibition “Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s,” in 1999. Other shows she curated at the Queens Museum included “Across the Pacific: Contemporary Korean and Korean American Art,” and “Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora.”

Farver was a consulting director since 2012 for Prospect New Orleans, and had organized the Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in South Korea in 2011. In 2000 she was one of six guest curators at the 2000 Whitney Biennial.