Susan Grace Galassi

Photograph of Susan Grace Galassi

Susan Grace Galassi is Senior Curator at The Frick Collection. She received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and began her career at The Frick Collection that year as an assistant curator. At The Frick Collection, she has organized numerous exhibitions and smaller cabinet presentations, and overseen many traveling shows. She was co-curator with Jonathan Brown of El Greco: Themes and Variations (2001), Goya's Last Works (2006), and The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya (2010-11). In 2003, she organized with Margaret MacDonald and Aileen Ribeiro the exhibition Whistler, Women, and Fashion. A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, she is the author of Picasso's Variations on the Masters, Confrontations with the Past (1996), and a contributor to numerous publications on the artist, including the exhibition catalogues Picasso: Challenging the Past (National Gallery, London, 2009) and Picasso et les Maîtres (Louvre and Musée Picasso, Paris, 2008), as well as the volume Picasso and the Spanish Tradition, edited by Jonathan Brown (1997). In 2011, she and Marilyn McCully co-curated the exhibition Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition. In 2012 she organized an installation around Van Gogh's Portrait of a Peasant: Patience Escalier from the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, and with Colin B. Bailey and Jay Clarke organized the exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse Lautrec (March 10 to June 16, 2013). She was the organizing curator for the Frick for Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery  (November 5, 2014 to  February 1, 2015), and in the summer of 2015, she curated an exhibition around Flaming June from the Museo de Arte de Ponce. She was co-curator of the 2017 exhibition Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages Through Time and co-author of the accompanying catalogue. In addition to co-authoring the catalogues for Goya's Last Works,  Whistler, Women, and Fashion, and Picasso's Drawings, and Leighton's Flaming June, she has contributed to numerous Frick publications on the permanent collection and special exhibitions.