Nancy Spector is the Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Guggenheim Museum where she has worked since 1989 . She received her M.Phil. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has organized exhibitions on Felix Gonzalez-Torres, conceptual photography, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle, Richard Prince, Louise Bourgeois, Tino Sehgal, and Maurizio Cattelan. She also organized the group exhibition theanyspacewhatever, which focused on the art of the 1990s. Spector was Adjunct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennial in 1998. In 2007 she was the U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she presented an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Under the auspices of the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, she has initiated special commissions by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lawrence Weiner, and Gabriel Orozco, as well as a special exhibition on the work of Joseph Beuys and Matthew Barney.
She has also contributed to numerous books on contemporary visual culture with essays on artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Luc Tuymans, Douglas Gordon, Tino Sehgal, and Anna Gaskell. She is a recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curators Award.