Cornelia Butler

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Cornelia H. "Connie" Butler (born 1 February 1963) is an American museum curator. She is currently Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.[1] From 2006-2013, she served as the Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City). Prior to that, she was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 1996-2005. Butler also held curatorial positions at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, New York), Artists Space (New York City), and the Des Moines Arts Center (Iowa).[2] Her multimedia exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution dealt with international feminist art of the 1970s.[3] Butler is a 1980 graduate of Marlborough School,[4] and a 1984 graduate of Scripps College.[5]


2015: with Jamillah James, Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth [6]

2014: with Michael Ned Holte, Made in L.A. 2014 [7]

2014: with Luis Pérez-Oramas, Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 [8]

2012-2013: Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972 [9]

2010-2011: with Catherine de Zegher, On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century [10]

2010: with Klaus Biesenbach and Neville Wakefield, Greater New York [11]

2009: Paul Sietsema [12]

2007: WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution [13]


Books and Exhibition Catalogues[edit]

  • Bradford, Mark, and Cornelia H. Butler. Scorched Earth: Mark Bradford. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2015.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., Michael Ned Holte, and Judy Fiskin. Made in L.A. 2014. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2014.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., Luis Pérez Oramas, Antonio Sergio Bessa, and Lygia Clark. Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2014.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., Pip Day, and Peter Plagens. From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippard's Numbers Shows, 1969-74. London: Afterall Books, 2012.
  • Butler, Cornelia and Alexandra Schwartz, eds. Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., and M. Catherine de Zegher. On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010.
  • Butler, Cornelia, Bruce Hainley, Nancy Grubb, and Paul Sietsema. Figure 3: Paul Sietsema. New York, NY: Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., and Lisa Gabrielle Mark. WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.
  • Rowell, Margit, and Cornelia H. Butler. Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2004.
  • De Kooning, Willem, Cornelia H. Butler, and Paul Schimmel. Willem De Kooning: Tracing the Figure. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., Weng Choy Lee, and Francis Pound. Flight Patterns: Laurence Aberhart ... Et Al. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000.
  • Butler, Cornelia H. Afterimage: Drawing Through Process. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., and Jessica Bronson. Jessica Bronson. Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Arts, 1998.
  • Butler, Cornelia H. The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996.
  • Butler, Cornelia H., and Lucinda H. Gedeon. Inspired by Nature. Purchase, N.Y.: Neuberger Museum of Art, 1994.
  • Butler, Cornelia H. Iowa Artists 1988. Des Moines, Iowa: The Center, 1988.


  • McCornack, Julia, and Connie Butler. "From Painting to Therapeutic Practice: Conversation about Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988." X-Tra: Contemporary Art Quarterly 17, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 4-21.
  • Butler, Connie. "This Is Art--These People Are Artists: Pacific Standard Time, Conceptual Art, and Other Momentous Events from a Local Point of View." Art Journal 71, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 38-57.
  • Butler, Connie. "That's Guy de Cointet." Artforum International 45, no. 10 (Summer 2007): 418-421.
  • Butler, Connie. "Flight patterns." Art Journal 60, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 9-12.
  • Butler, Connie. "West of everything." Parkett no. 57 (January 3, 1999): 189-201.
  • Butler, Connie. "Rita McBride." Journal Of Contemporary Art 7, (March 1995): 82-89.
  • Butler, Connie. "Queer space." Art & Text 49 (September 1994): 83-84.


  1. ^ "Connie Butler appointed as Chief Curator and Aram Moshayedi as Curator". Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Multiple Feminisms Lecture: Cornelia Butler". Kemper Art Museum. Washington University in St. Louis. March 20, 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Cornelia (Connie) Butler". Stanford University. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "A well-drawn career" (PDF). The Ultra Violet. Marlborough School. 36 (6). May 5, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Notable Scripps Alumnae". Scripps College. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Made in L.A.". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Smith, Roberta (May 15, 2014). "See Me. Feel Me. Maybe Drool on Me. Lygia Clark’s Many Twists and Turns, at MoMA". Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972". 
  10. ^ Meltzer, Eve (September 2011). "On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century" (141). 
  11. ^ Smith, Roberta (May 27, 2010). "Take Me Out to the Big Show in Queens". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Ken (January 7, 2010). "Spirals of Self-Reflection, Made by Methods Mysterious". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution". Retrieved 9 August 2015.