About David R. Collens
David R. Collens joined Storm King in 1974. He served as Director and Curator from 1976 until being appointed Director and Chief Curator in 2015. During his tenure, David stewarded Storm King’s permanent collection, with a core of more than 100 outdoor works. In collaboration with Storm King’s co-founder H. Peter Stern, David introduced a different aesthetic to the Art Center, one that ensures each sculpture occupies its own space and takes advantage of long vistas to enhance the viewer’s experience. His eye for siting work has guided the installation of sculpture ever since, notably in the presentation of Storm King’s collection of David Smith sculptures, as well as major site-specific commissions. Through a long-term collaboration with Storm King’s landscape architects and Facilities & Conservation team, David has played a foundational role in the evolution of the museum’s grounds, which have been gradually and thoughtfully shaped since Storm King’s founding to accommodate and enhance the works on view.
Throughout his tenure, David has worked closely with commissioned artists to realize now-iconic works at the Art Center, such as Isamu Noguchi’s Momo Taro (1977-78), Nam June Paik’s Waiting for UFO (1992), Richard Serra’s Schunnemunk Fork (1990-91), Andy Goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall (1997-98), and Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield (2007-08). David has also been instrumental in securing gifts of artwork, including most recently the monumental E=MC2 (1996-97), generously donated by Mark di Suvero.
David has organized many notable exhibitions at Storm King, including the Art Center’s 50th-anniversary presentation, 5+5: New Perspectives and The View from Here: Storm King at Fifty (2010–2011); Sol LeWitt (2008); Louise Bourgeois (2007); Chakaia Booker at the Storm King Art Center (2004); Grand Intuitions: Calder’s Monumental Sculpture (2001-03); The Fields of David Smith (1997-1999); and Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture (1992).