Abigail Winograd is the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Her scholarly research has focused on the emergence of aberrant abstractions in post-war South America as well as museological approaches to expanding canonical narratives.
Prior to her appointment at the Smart Museum, Abigail consulted with the MacArthur Foundation on development of an exhibition of art by MacArthur Fellows to coincide with the Fellows Program’s 40th anniversary in 2021. She organized The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America for the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (traveled to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, and SESC Piñheros, São Paulo, 2017–2018) as well as Abstract Experiments: Latin American art on paper after 1950 (2017) for the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2016–2017, she was the Transhistorical Curatorial Fellow at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, where she organized A Global Table: Still Life, Colonialism, and Contemporary Art (2017). Abigail was the Research Associate for Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) where she also organized Unbound: Contemporary Art after Frida Kahlo (2014) and Zachary Cahill: Snow (2014) as the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. She completed curatorial fellowships at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Winograd earned a Masters and PhD in art history at the University of Texas at Austin. She has additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Northwestern University. She is the recipient of several fellowships, has contributed to museum catalogues, published academic articles, presented papers in the US, Europe, and South America, and contributed to publications such as Bomb, Mousse Magazine, Frieze, and Artforum.
The planned installation of a permanent public sculpture in Chicago, a well drawing potable water in a publicly accessible location, forms the basis for this collaboration between Susan Gzesh (Director, Pozen Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Professor Art, Theory, and Practice, Northwestern University) and Abigail Winograd (MacArthur Curator, Smart Museum of Art). The latest in Manglano-Ovalle’s Well series, the sculpture will become a site for gathering, for conversation, and for reflection on water.