Biography by Anastasia Helena James

Anastasia James is the 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 co-editor of two book-length monographs: Billy Name the Silver Age, photographs from Warhol’s factory and Brigid Berlin: Polaroids published by Reel Art Press London. Her recent exhibitions include: 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.  At the Contemporary Jewish Museum she is currently organizing the mid-career retrospective of Cary Leibowitz.