Olga Viso

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Olga Viso
Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota speaking at a press conference about how the Walker Art Center will address the sculpture "Scaffold" by Sam Durant 1.jpg
Viso speaking at the Walker Art Center
Florida, U.S
EducationRollins College, Emory University
OccupationMuseum director, curator
OrganizationExecutive Director, Walker Art Center, Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Board member ofAndy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Olga Viso (born 1966) is a Cuban American curator of modern and contemporary art and a museum director. She served as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 2007 through 2017.


In 2008 joined the Walker Art Center, leaving her post as Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden which she held since 2005. [1] She joined the Hirshhorn in 1995, working her way up from assistant curator. [2] Before that, Viso curated at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida (1993–95) and at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (1989–93). She is on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and belongs to the Association of Art Museum Directors.[3]

Viso has curated many major exhibitions, including Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985, a retrospective of about 100 works shown at the Hirshhorn and the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2004.[4] Another exhibition Viso curated was Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. This show traveled from the Dallas Museum of Art (October 6, 2013 – January 12, 2014) to the Walker Art Center (February 15–May 11, 2014) then on to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (June 5–September 1, 2014) and ended at UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (October 5, 2014 – January 17, 2015).[5]

Viso resigned from her position as executive director of the Walker Art Center in 2017, and there was some speculation that her departure was related to the controversy surrounding Sam Durant's artwork Scaffold, though many museum professionals have publicly expressed support for Viso's handling of the work's reception.[6]


  1. ^ "Olga Viso Appointed Director of the Walker Art Center". Artforum. October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ Abbe, Mary (2007-09-11). "Walker Art Center hires 'rising star' to take helm". Star Tribune. Avista Capital Partners. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  3. ^ "National Endowment for the Arts Announces Three New Members of the National Council on the Arts". National Endowment for the Arts. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ Camhi, Leslie (20 June 2004). "Art; Her Body, Herself". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. ^ Knight, Christopher (13 October 2014). "Loss permeates Jim Hodges' art; prepare for heartbreak". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  6. ^ Russeth, Andy Battaglia, Sarah Douglas, and Andrew (2017-11-17). "After Announcement That Olga Viso Will Step Down as Walker Director, Museum Professionals Largely Praise Handling of 'Scaffold' Controversy". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-04-27.