PRINT January 2007


Marcia Tucker

PEOPLE TOOK NOTICE of Marcia Tucker, and in the mid-1970s I was one of them. She was an inspiration—a brilliant curator and strong woman who had something to do and to say. At the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Marcia had become famous for her groundbreaking shows, having arrived in 1969 to co-organize the first exhibition devoted to process art in an American institution, “Anti-Illusion: Procedure/Materials,” before giving Bruce Nauman and Lee Krasner their solo museum debuts, and James Rosenquist and Joan Mitchell their first retrospectives. And then she became infamous for the furor around her 1975 Richard Tuttle show, which ultimately forced her departure two years later at age thirty-six. “Where is the art?” angry visitors demanded of me, a young intern stationed in the galleries. But to me and to many others, Marcia, who died last October at age sixty-six, was a

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