Frances Morris (gallerist)
Frances Morris in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
|Born||January 1959 (age 59)|
|Title||director, Tate Modern|
Frances Morris was born in London. She studied history of art, receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her master's thesis deals with French painter Jean Hélion. She is a board member of Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, CIMAM and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto.
After working at the Arnolfini, she joined the Tate Gallery as a curator in 1987, became the head of displays at Tate Modern when it opened in 2000, and the director of the international art collection in 2006. In January 2016, she was appointed director of the Tate Modern. As director, Morris oversees one of the world's most popular art museum with an attendance of over 5.8 million visitors annually; she is also credited with elevating the Tate Modern’s profile globally. She is the gallery's first British and first woman director.
Morris, along with Iwona Blazwick, are responsible with the initial presentation in 2000 of the Tate Modern's opening collection displays in a non-chronological manner with mixing of contemporary artwork with those of Monet, Matisse, and Picasso. While the chronological or antichronological style was controversial with art critics, it is now regularly used world-wide by museums and galleries; it is also how the Tate Modern continues to display its collection.
In her career, Morris has particularly emphasised women artists and art from outside Europe. She has curated several large-scale international collaborative exhibitions including major retrospectives for Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Agnes Martin in 2015.
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