Jeremy Strick was appointed the second Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center and assumed his role in March 2009. Mr. Strick first became familiar with the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection 20 years ago during a joint exhibition of the Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art and National Gallery in of Art, Washington D.C. Mr. Strick was an assistant curator at the National Gallery at the time and was partly responsible for the preparation and installation of the exhibition, and wrote for the catalogue. During that time, he also met Raymond and Patsy Nasher and visited with them at their Dallas home.
Mr. Strick served over nine years as the Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California. As Director, Mr. Strick was responsible for exhibitions at, and operations of, three MOCA Los Angeles locations, in addition to leading a staff of over 150 full and part-time employees. Accomplishments during his tenure included the opening of MOCA Pacific Design Center, a 3,000-square-foot satellite gallery, in January of 2001, as well as a significant expansion of the museum’s permanent collection - now comprising over 6,000 works - most recently strengthened through the gift of the Blake Byrne Collection, the largest single donation in the history of the institution, and the Cliff and Mandy Einstein Collection.
During his tenure, MOCA’s membership increased by over 80 percent to become the largest of any museum of contemporary art in North America, and the museum was honored with numerous awards for exhibitions, excellence in design, and civic guidance. Mr. Strick was responsible for the presentation of many landmark exhibitions at MOCA, including: Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective (2008), Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave (2008), ©MURAKAMI (2007), WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007), Ecstasy: In And About Altered States (2005), Basquiat (2005), Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music since 1900 (2005), Robert Smithson (2004), A Minimal Future? Art As Object 1958-1968 (2004), Rodney Graham: A Little Thought (2004), Lucian Freud (2003), Andy Warhol Retrospective (2002), Willem De Kooning: Tracing The Figure (2002), Superflat (2001), Douglas Gordon (2001), and The Architecture Of R.M. Schindler (2001).
Prior to being the Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Mr. Strick served as a senior curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, and held curatorial posts at The Saint Louis Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He pursued graduate studies in Fine Arts at Harvard University and received his Bachelor of Arts (History of Art) in 1977 with highest honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Additionally, he has curated numerous exhibitions including Louise Bourgeois: The Personages 1946-1954, The Saint Louis Art Museum, 1994, and Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music since 1900, MOCA, 2005, and has written and lectured extensively about modern and contemporary art, including as a contributor to A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1987.