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Ms. Lisa Dennison  

Chairperson, Sotheby's North and South America

Lisa Dennison is Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, responsible for international business development and client relationships.

From 1978 to 2007, she was on the staff of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, most recently as Director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and, prior to that, as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Foundation. During her tenure at the museum, she curated numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, many based on the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. She was also responsible for the exhibition program and collection development activities for the Guggenheim museums in New York, Venice, Bilbao (Spain), Berlin, and Las Vegas.

Ms. Dennison is the author of more than 25 essays in catalogues that accompanied the exhibitions she organized for the Guggenheim and for major institutions around the world.

She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in Art History and French in 1975, and received an M.A. in Art History from Brown University in 1978. A founding member of Brown’s Creative Arts Advisory Board, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Byrd-Hoffman Foundation, the New York Committee of the Wellesley College Friends of Art, and the International Advisory Board of the Louise T. Blouin Foundation. She is also a member of Art Table and the Women’s Forum.


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