Irene Tsatsos

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Irene Tsatsos is the Chief Curator / Director of Gallery Programs at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California, where she has recently completed projects with Chris Burden, Jorge Pardo, Richard Jackson, and Connie Samaras. From 1997 until 2005, Tsatsos was Director/Curator at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, where she mounted the much-heralded retrospective of performance artist Yvonne Rainer and presented an installation and performance by Matt Mullican, his first in the U.S. in over twenty years. Prior to taking the leadership of LACE, Tsatsos worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art as the exhibition coordinator of the 1997 Biennial and held leadership positions at the Arts Club of Chicago and N.A.M.E. gallery, Chicago.  Significant independent curatorial projects include Civic Matters (2005), a hybrid exhibition/discursive platform/exchange program between Los Angeles and Scandinavian artists; and Fair Exchange (2006), an experimental, biennial-style exhibition with extensive public programs at the Los Angeles County Fair. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of contemporary art, Tsatsos has organized dozens of exhibitions, published numerous essays, lectured, and served on a range of panels in the US and abroad.  She earned an MA in Aesthetics & Politics at California Institute for the Arts, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in political theory from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.