Russell Ferguson is a Professor in the Department of Art, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2001 until 2007 he was Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs and Chief Curator, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, where he remained an adjunct curator until 2015. He has organized many exhibitions: at the Hammer, these include The Undiscovered Country (2004), a survey of various approaches to representation in painting, and Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition (2015), as well as solo exhibitions by Larry Johnson (2009), Francis Alÿs (2007) and Christian Marclay (2003). At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, he organized In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O’Hara and American Art in 1999, an exploration of the circle of artists that revolved around the poet, as well as survey exhibitions of the work of Liz Larner and Douglas Gordon, both in 2001. With Kerry Brougher, he organized Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950 (2001) for The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Ferguson is the editor of two collections of critical writing: Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, and Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures, both published by the MIT Press.