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Anastasia James is currently Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at The Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz where she also teaches advanced courses in museum studies including museum theory and exhibition studies.  As a Curator, James is known for her creative and innovative approaches to exhibition making and programming and her projects have been referred to by The New York Times as “celebratory,” “strident,” and “remarkable.” For her recent retrospective of the artist Cary Leibowitz, which foregrounded issues of sexual and religious identity, Forbes Magazine described James as “wonderfully adventurous.” In addition to curating exhibitions, James has produced and managed over 20 exhibitions with guest curators around the world. Prior to joining the Dorsky team, she has held curatorial positions at numerous institutions including The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Wurtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, and the Dia Foundation for the Arts as well as having worked with many single artist archives and private collections.  She received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College where her thesis focused on Ray Johnson's work ca. 1947-1960. 

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