Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, in 1980, Gary Carrion-Murayari, a senior curatorial assistant at the Whitney, has worked in the Whitney’s curatorial department since 2003. In 2007, he curated Television Delivers People, which gathered together video works from the 1970s and 80s as well as more recent examples, examining the relationship between television and the viewer; the show included works by Alex Bag, Dara Birnbaum, Joan Braderman, Keren Cytter, Kalup Linzy, Richard Serra, Michael Smith, and Ryan Trecartin. With Donna De Salvo, he co-curated “Progress,” seen at the Whitney from July 11, 2008 through January 4, 2009; the show featured a selection of works from the Whitney’s collection, dating from the late 1920s to the present, and included such artists as Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Paul Sietsema. He was involved in organizing the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials and worked alongside Francesco Bonami and Chrissie Iles on the installation of Rudolf Stingel, as well as on numerous other Whitney exhibitions.
Carrion-Murayari curated the Whitney exhibition Elad Lassry: Three Films, the first New York museum exhibition for the Los Angeles-based artist who works in both photography and film; it was on view from January 22 to April 19, 2009. He also worked on Sites, with Whitney curator Carter Foster, which ran from February 19 through May 3, 2009. The exhibition explored various ways in which artists have expanded and dealt with the notion of site or place. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, it comprised works made between 1969 and 2005 by Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Alice Aycock, Agnes Denes, Robert Gober, Michael Heizer, Barry Le Va, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Gary Simmons, David Smith, and James Turrell.
Carrion-Murayari has written for Flash Art, Domus, and a number of Whitney publications, and is the author of Rudolf Stingel at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Hatje Cantz). He has a BA from Colgate University.