Rebecca G. McGrew '85

Curator, Pomona College Museum of Art
  • Expertise


    Rebecca McGrew conceived of and manages the museum’s ongoing Project Series, which consists of one-person exhibitions focusing on artists from Southern California. Past artists include Mark Allen and Machine Projects, Edgar Arceneaux, Judie Bamber, Lynne Berman and Kathy Chenoweth, Mark Bradford, Jessica Bronson, Karen Carson, Christina Fernandez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Katie Grinnan, Evan Holloway, Hilja Keading, Charles LaBelle, Dinh Q. Le, Sandeep Mukherjee, Amy Myers, Stas Orlovski, Kaz Oshiro, Jared Pankin, Steve Roden, Jason Rogenes, Pauline Stella Sanchez, Ashley Thorner, Shirley Tse, Liat Yossifor, Liz Young, and Jody Zellen.

    Research Interests

    • History of Art
    • Contemporary Art
    • History of Los Angeles Art
    • Feminist Art
    • Performance Art
    • Art and Politics
    • Visual Culture

    Areas of Expertise


    • Contemporary Art
    • 19th and 20th Century Art
    • Los Angeles Art and Artists
    • Museums and Modes of Display
    • Art and Politics
  • Work


    "The Rising of the Monster: Iva Gueorguieva's Olympia and The Dead Matador," Project Series 34 (Pomona College Museum of Art, 2007)

    "Stanton Hunter's Butterfly Migration Grids," Art and Perception (2007)

    "A Conversation in the Garden: Merion Estes and Rebecca McGrew," A Sea of Possibilities: Paintings by Merion Estes 1971-2006 (Pomona College Museum of Art, 2006)

    "Introduction," The 21st Odyssey Part II: The Performances of Barbara T. Smith (Pomona College Museum of Art, 2005)

    Editor, All Project Series catalogues and all Museum Exhibition Publications

    Selected Exhibits

    "Hunches, Geometrics, Organics: Paintings by Frederick Hammersley," co-curated with Kathleen Howe, Pomona College Museum of Art, January 23-April 8, 2007

    "L.A. Freewaves: New Videos by Oliver Ressler," Pomona College Museum of Art, November 5-December 17, 2006

    "A Sea of Possibilities: Paintings by Merion Estes 1971 to 2006," Pomona College Museum of Art, September 10-October 29, 2006

    "Ed Ruscha/Raymond Pettibon: The Holy Bible and THE END," Pomona College Museum of Art, January 22-April 9, 2006, traveled to University of New Mexico Albuquerque; Worcester Art Museum; San Jose Museum of Art

    "The 21st Century Odyssey Part II: The Performances of Barbara T. Smith," Pomona College Museum of Art, January 22-April 10, 2005, traveled to The Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University

    "Blue Sky: Visionaries, Romantics, Dreamers," Artists include Russell Crotty, Sharon Ellis, Nancy Jackson, Tom Knechtel, Kelly McLane, Vally Mestroni, and Hillary Mushkin, Pomona College Museum of Art, January 20-April 4, 2004

    "Freckled Gyres: Sculpture by Mowry Baden," Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, January 20-April 8, 2001

  • Education


    Master of Arts
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    1985, Bachelor of Arts
    Pomona College

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Getty Foundation; Research and Planning Grant for "The Shock of the New at Pomona College 1969-1973," 2008-2010

    Getty Foundation; Curatorial Research Fellowship, 2008