David Ross

Poster for the exhibition, This is Not Here, Everson Museum, designed by George Maciunas
David Ross performing with Andy Revkin in the Breakneck Ridge Revue

David Ross is now working as chair of the interdisciplinary low-residency MFA: Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

He also plays guitar and sings with the band Breakneck Ridge Revue, traveling and lecturing at art schools and museums, and is president of the board of the American Center for Folk Music.

He is an active board member of the Artists Pension Trust. He is the former director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; director, Whitney Museum of American Art; director, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; associate director, chief curator, Berkeley Art Museum; deputy director, curator of video art, Long Beach Museum of Art; curator of video art, Everson Museum of Art.

Curatorial Projects Include: “Tomorrow,” Kumho Museum, Artsonje Center, Seoul and Long March Space, Beijing; “Peter Campus: A Survey,” Antico Collegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; “Lorna Simpson: 31,” Claustro Sor Juana, Mexico City; “Quotidiana,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivoli, Italy; “KoreAmericaKorea,” Sonje Museum, Seoul; “Bill Viola: a 25 Year Survey,” Whitney Museum of American Art, traveling exhibition: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago

John and Yoko at the Everson Museum
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  1. […] David Ross has some stories to tell. As a 21 year old assistant to the curator at Syracuse’s Everson Museum, Ross helped mount Yoko Ono’s first major solo show in the United States. He recalls the first time he travelled to New York City with Jim Harithas, the museum director behind the show and Ross’s mentor. They met with Yoko Ono and John Lennon in their suite on the 17th floor of the St. Regis hotel. Ross was tasked with keeping Lennon occupied while Harithas and Ono discussed her upcoming show. Ono was a fiercely talented artist in her own right and Harithas wished to allow her to guide the show rather than Lennon. Ross played guitar and smoked “rock star pot” with Lennon while artist and museum director made plans. The show, This is Not Here opened on Lennon’s 31st birthday and included Yoko Ono’s gift to him, an installation piece titled Portrait of John Lennon as a Young Cloud in which a wall was filled with intricately made cabinets. The story behind the installation of this piece, which Ross tells in his interview with us, is truly a tale you will not forget. […]