Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies
Dan Byers is the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and Lecturer in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University, where he teaches curatorial studies. His recent and upcoming exhibitions at the Carpenter Center include Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It's 2 Late, Vol II (2020, with Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London and ARGOS in Brussels), Jonathan Berger: An Introduction to Nameless Love (2019, with PARTICIPANT, INC in New York), Anna Oppermann: Drawings (2019), and Liz Magor: Blowout (2019, with the Renaissance Society at University of Chicago). Previously, he was Mannion Family Senior Curator at the ICA/Boston, where he organized solo exhibitions featuring Diane Simpson, Geoffrey Farmer, and Steve McQueen, and group exhibitions The Artist’s Museum and the 2017 Foster Prize Exhibition. Before moving to Boston, Byers was Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the critically acclaimed 2013 Carnegie International, which featured major works by 35 artists from 19 countries. In addition to also overseeing the Carnegie’s acquisitions of modern and contemporary art, his projects there included the first US museum shows of Cathy Wilkes and Ragnar Kjartansson. Before the Carnegie, he was Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Assistant to the Directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Byers was Chair of the 2019 Curatorial Leadership Summit at the Armory Show, co-organizer (with Ruba Katrib) of Why New Forms, the Center for Curatorial Studies 20th anniversary curatorial conference, and is a contributor to Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field (Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2013).