Dan Byers

Lecturer in Architecture

Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Dan Byers is the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and Lecturer in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University. At the Carpenter Center, he recently curated Liz Magor: Blowout, and is at work on exhibitions of Anna Oppermann, Jonathan Berger, and Tony Cokes. Previously, he was Mannion Family Senior Curator at the ICA/Boston, where he organized solo exhibitions featuring Diane Simpson, Geoffrey Farmer, and Steve McQueen, and group exhibitions The Artist’s Museum and the 2017 Foster Prize Exhibition. Before moving to Boston, Byers was Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the critically acclaimed 2013 Carnegie International, which featured major works by 35 artists from 19 countries. In addition to overseeing the Carnegie’s acquisitions of modern and contemporary art, his projects included the first US museum shows of Cathy Wilkes and Ragnar Kjartansson, and the group exhibitions ReanimationOrdinary Madness, and Natural History.  Before the Carnegie, he was Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Assistant to the Directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Byers was Chair of the 2019 Curatorial Leadership Summit at the Armory Show, co-organizer (with Ruba Katrib) of Why New Forms, the Center for Curatorial Studies 20th anniversary curatorial conference, and is a contributor to Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field (Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2013).