Stavitsky, Gail 1954-

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STAVITSKY, Gail 1954-


Born May 13, 1954, in Cleveland, OH; daughter of Abraham (a scientist and immunologist) and Ruth (a homemaker; maiden name, Okney) Stavitsky; married Richard Sheinaus (a graphic designer), April 4, 1993; children: Anna. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: University of Michigan, A.B. (with high honors), 1976; New York University, M.A., 1978, Ph. D., 1990.


Home—23 Macopin Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. Office—Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042; fax: 973-746-0920. E-mail—[email protected].


Carnegie Museum of Art, assistant curator of fine arts, 1981-83; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, curator of collections and exhibitions, 1994-98, chief curator, 1998—. Museum of Modern Art, instructor, beginning 1986; guest speaker at schools and museums, including New York University and Metropolitan Museum of Art.


American Association of Museums, College Art Association of America, Phi Beta Kappa.


(With others) Precisionism in America: Reordering Reality, 1915-1941, Harry N. Abrams (New York, NY), 1994.

(With others) Paris 1900: The "American School" at the Universal Exposition, Rutgers University Press (Piscataway, NJ), 1999.

(With others) Will Barnet: A Timeless World, Rutgers University Press (Piscataway, NJ), 2000.

(With others) Montclair Art Museum: Selected Works, Marquand Books (Seattle, WA), 2002.

Author of exhibition catalogs for Montclair Art Museum. Contributor to exhibition catalogs and books, including Conversion to Modernism: The Early Works of Man Ray, edited by Francis M. Naumann, Rutgers University Press (Piscataway, NJ), 2003.


Creating exhibitions of modern American art.


Gail Stavitsky told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to complement and provide a fuller context for the subjects of the exhibitions that I curate. I am fascinated with relatively unknown, unappreciated, and under-recognized aspects of American art, and these inspire my writings and shows. My writing style and process are scholarly and academic, yet I always aim for clarity and accessibility."



Choice, January, 2001, C. Stroh, review of Will Barnet: A Timeless World, p. 8.