Alexandra Schwartz is the first Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum. There she established the New Directions exhibition series of emerging and mid-career artists, launching in Fall 2011 with Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies and Others, and continuing with Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics (2012) and Jean Shin: Host (2013). Other exhibitions for Montclair include New Media/New Forms (Spring 2012), Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s (Fall 2014, with a major catalogue from the University of California Press), and New Century Modern: Contemporary Artists Examine Design (2016). From 2004 to 2010 she was on the curatorial staff of The Museum of Modern Art, serving as the coordinator of the Modern Women’s Project, a curatorial initiative to increase scholarship on women artists. In this role she was the co-editor of the book Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (2010) and curator of the exhibitions Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940 to Now at MoMA in 2010 and Modern Women: Single Channel at MoMA PS1 in 2011. She is the author of Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles (MIT Press, 2010) and the editor of a collection of Ruscha’s writings, Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages (MIT Press, 2002). A contributor to various journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs, she has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and Montclair State University, and in the Education Departments at MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.