Richard Armstrong has served as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation since 2008. As head of the Guggenheim’s executive staff, Armstrong focuses on the pivotal role of the New York museum and its collection. In addition to overseeing the New York museum and its collection, he provides leadership for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the proposed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Prior to his appointment at the Guggenheim, Armstrong successively served as curator of contemporary art, chief curator, and Henry J. Heinz II director at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, from 1992 to 2008. From 1981 to 1992, Armstrong was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art where he helped organize four Whitney Biennials and various exhibitions on subjects such as the work of Richard Artschwager and “The New Sculpture 1965–75.” In 1980, he served on the Artists Committee to organize the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. He began his curatorial career at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California. Armstrong studied at the Université de Dijon and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and received a BA in art history from Lake Forest College, Illinois.