Alexandra Munroe

Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is a pioneering authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies. She has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative since its founding in 2006 while also working on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. She convenes the museum’s biannual Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank, and heads The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation initiative in contemporary Chinese art. Munroe has organized the award-winning and critically acclaimed Guggenheim exhibitions Gutai: Splendid Playground (2013, co-organized with Ming Tiampo), Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (2011), The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 (2009), and Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe (2008). She is the author of Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky. Her exhibitions and scholarly catalogues have received top awards and recognition from the Association of American Art Museums, International Art Critics Association, College Art Association, Association of American Museum Curators, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), China Art Powers, and the Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Raised in Japan, Munroe is former Vice President of Japan Society, New York, and former director of its museum. She received the 2017 Japan Foundation Award from the government of Japan in recognition of her contributions to promoting international friendship and understanding. She serves on the advisory Boards of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; and UCCA, Beijing. She is a Trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and the United States-Japan Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She joined the PEN America Board in 2015.