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Kelly Kivland and Alexis Lowry. Photos: Gabriela Herman.

Kelly Kivland and Alexis Lowry Named Curators at Dia Art Foundation

The Dia Art Foundation has promoted associate curators Kelly Kivland and Alexis Lowry to the position of curator. During their tenures, they have spearheaded major contemporary commissions, curated exhibitions and performances, and overseen preservation work and other initiatives.

Kivland has worked at the foundation since 2011 and was appointed associate curator in 2015. In this role, she has curated numerous exhibitions, including a 2018–19 presentation of Nancy Holt’s work at Dia:Chelsea in New York City, and a 2015–18 presentation of Robert Irwin’s work at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. She also oversees the stewardship of Dia’s Land art in Utah—Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, 1970, and Holt’s Sun Tunnels, 1973–76—and curates Dia’s ongoing Artists on Artists Lecture Series.

Lowry joined the foundation as associate curator in 2015. Since then, she has cocurated the 2019 retrospective “Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress” with Dia’s director, Jessica Morgan, at Dia:Beacon and organized the newly opened installation of Lee Ufan’s early sculptural work. She has been involved in major accessions of work by Mary Corse, Robert Morris, and Anne Truitt, among others, and is responsible for the DiaTalks series. Lowry also works closely on the preservation of and programming for permanent installations, such as Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field in western New Mexico and Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (both 1977).

Kelly Kivland and Alexis Lowry have both been an integral part of Dia’s curatorial team for many years and have consistently demonstrated remarkable passion and vision, as well as dedication to the artists that they have worked with over their respective careers,” said Morgan. “I am thrilled that they will be assuming these vital roles at such a crucial time in Dia’s history.”

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