The College of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome Lisa Tamiris Becker as our new Director for the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Lisa Tamiris Becker has been active as a curator and arts administrator for over 18 years. She has curated and organized over 50 major exhibitions with a primary focus on hybrid interpretations of modern and contemporary art including many recent exhibitions at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she has served as Director since 2002. Ms. Becker led the development and grand-opening in 2010 of a new 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum facility.
Recent exhibitions that she has curated for the CU Art Museum include archiTECHtonica; Peter Wegner: Wall-To-Wall-To-Wall; Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror; Luis Cruz Azaceta/Ambulatory: Museum Plan; In and Out of Time: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Video Collection; Barbara Takenaga: Micro/Macro; Günther Gerzso and Octavio Paz: Palabras Grabadas/Graven Words; Techno/Sublime; Vestige/Vestigio: Laura Anderson Barbata, Betsabeé Romero, and Oscar Muñoz; Paul DeMarinis: Gray Matter and Enrique Martinez Celaya: Poetry in Process. She is also the co-curator of major landmark CU Art Museum exhibitions such as David Maisel/Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime; Because the Earth is 1/3 Dirt; Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expression of Tibetan Art, and Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust, which is currently on view in New York City.
In 2005 Ms. Becker curated the American artists in Strata, an exhibition at the former Nobel Factory in Stockholm, Sweden. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, Time Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal, amongst other publications. Her other accomplishments at the CU Art Museum include significant growth of its permanent collection, conservation of many major works of art from across time-periods and cultures, and the development of an exhibition and catalogue program that has achieved regional, national, and international recognition. Selections of Ms. Becker’s previous curatorial projects include Mary Lucier: Bodies of Light; Julio Galan and Roberto Juarez: Marks of Transcendence; Visual Worlds: Visuality in the Age of Globalization (co-curated); and Alice Street Revisited: The Palace at 9 a.m. and Related Works by Robert Arneson. Ms. Becker has also lectured widely at art museums, galleries, and universities across the United States and abroad. Lisa Tamiris Becker earned her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.F.A. in Studio Art and Art Theory from the University of Texas at Austin. She was born in Leeds, England in 1967.