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Gretchen Wagner, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, co-curated the 2018 exhibition “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now.”

The history of printmaking and the role of artist’s editions in contemporary practice is a primary focus of Wagner’s research. She has, for example, explored the worlds of 1970s conceptual art, Eastern European printmaking and the print as public art.

Wagner received a master’s degree in art history from Williams College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center/Marfa Contemporary.

Highlights from the numerous exhibitions Wagner has curated and co-curated on topics ranging from German Expressionism to Fluxus Editions include: “Artist’s Artists: James Siena, Josh Smith and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints” at the International Print Center New York (2014) and “Art of Its Own Making” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (2014); as well as the MoMA exhibitions “Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars” (2012); “Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978” (2011); and “Gabriel Orozco: Samurai Tree Invariants” (2009).

Notable media appearances and mentions

Television and video

Recent and upcoming SLAM exhibitions

  • Printing Abstraction (2018)
  • Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now (2018)
  • Impressions of War” (2016)
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