David van der Leer
David van der Leer joined the Guggenheim in October 2008 and has worked on the exhibitions Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. In May 2011 his Intervals exhibition with the San Francisco-based collective Futurefarmers opened to the public at the museum and around New York City. Together with Assistant Curator Maria Nicanor, Van der Leer heads the curatorial team of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, an international traveling laboratory for urban experiments and public programs traveling to nine cities over six years. In addition David van der Leer is curating stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of the New York City’s five boroughs hoping to find special moments of stillness and repose. Every three to five months, “stillspots” are identified, created, or transformed by architects, artists, designers, composers, and philosophers into public tours, events, or installations. The first stillspotting edition, Sanatorium by artist Pedro Reyes, was launched in June 2011 in Brooklyn. Prior to the Guggenheim, Van der Leer held editorial and curatorial positions at 010 Publishers in Rotterdam; the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), in Rotterdam; and Steven Holl Architects in New York. He has lectured internationally on architectural theory and is a regular contributor to publications such as Domus, Mark, The Architect’s Newspaper, Azure, and PIN-UP. He received his master’s in urban and architectural theory from the Department of Art and Cultural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.