Biography by Anastasia Helena James

Anastasia James is currently Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco. Her area of expertise is American avant-garde practices 1935-present and her research to date has been focused on the New York Avant-Garde ca. 1950-1965 with particular emphasis on Andy Warhol and his milieu.  James is the editor of three book-length monographs: Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show, Billy Name the Silver Age, photographs from Warhol’s factory and Brigid Berlin: Polaroids. Her recent exhibitions include: In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art -Models a System: Allison Smith and Christina Zetterlund (The Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF, 2017), Cary Leibowitz: Museum: Show (The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2017; ICA Philadelphia and CAM Houston, 2018), Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition (organizing curator, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF, 2016), Brigid Berlin: It’s All About Me (Invisible-Exports, NYC, 2015), Billy Name: The Silver Age (Milk Gallery, NYC, 2014), 13 Most Wanted: Andy Warhol and the 1964 NY World’s Fair (Queens Museum, NYC, 2014), Ray Johnson: The Dover Street Years, 1953-1960 (Hessel Museum, Bard College, 2014).  Prior to joining the CJM team, she worked for numerous institutions including The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Wurtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, and the Dia Foundation for the Arts as well as 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.