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Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, died on October 17 at her home in Santa Barbara, California. She was 66 years old. As a Whitney Museum curator from 1969 to 1977, she curated ground-breaking exhibitions of works by Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Bruce Nauman, among others. She was also a co-organizer of a the influential 1969 exhibition “Anti-Illusion: Procedures/ Materials.” But her most famous exhibition was “Bad Painting,” mounted at the New Museum, an alternative space she started after disagreements with the Whitney led to her departure. In recent years, her wonderfully fractious spirit found another outlet in performing as a stand-up comic under the name Mabel McNeil, or “Miss Mannerist.”

- Meredith Tromble [Friday, October 20th, 2006]

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