The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art
Starr Figura is The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked since 1993. In 2011 she organized German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, a major exhibition and catalogue produced in conjunction with a grant-funded project to digitize, catalogue, and conserve the Museum’s collection of more than 3,800 expressionist works on paper. All of these works are now searchable on an extensive subsite of MoMA’s website, MoMA.org/germanexpressionism. Among the other exhibitions she has organized for MoMA are: Paper: Pressed/Stained/Slashed/Folded (2009); Geo/Metric (2008); Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings (2007); and The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now (2006). In 2004 she was Guest Curator for Richard Diebenkorn Prints, 1948–1993 at The Katonah Museum of Art. She has contributed essays and texts focusing primarily on printed art to numerous MoMA catalogues and other publications.
Painting 9 by Hélio Oiticica was made in 1959, at a pivotal moment for a new and quintessentially Brazilian form of modernism.