Abigail Goodman

Abigal Goodman at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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Abigal Goodman at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Age 36

Occupation Independent curator

Residence Cambridge

Did you change the way you dressed when you transitioned from gallery owner to independent curator?


Being at the gallery was like being on a stage; people were interested in my aesthetic, from what was on the walls to my person. I wore heels all the time. Behind the scenes at a museum, or in my office, I definitely do not.

You’re in a field known for creative expression. Still, are there rules?

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Don’t compete with the art. When taking clients to galleries or art fairs, I need to look sharp, but I don’t want to be what they’re focusing on.

Is your approach to shopping for clothing similar to shopping for art?

I prefer to buy one thing of better quality than 20 of lesser. And I like pieces with staying power.

Can you size up people’s taste in art by what they’re wearing?

It’s definitely one more piece of data.

What’s the last thing you purchased?  

A Rochas bucket bag from Serenella. It’s perfect for Art Basel — a perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics.  — M.E.K.

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