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Margaret Rieckenberg is an art historian based in St. Louis. Margaret holds a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in twentieth-century European and American art. The focus of her academic research is on postwar and early contemporary art, specifically the evolution of nontraditional media and practice in art of the 1960s and 1970s and its utilization in social structuring. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history, Margaret also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, and continues to be influenced by methods of critical and theoretical analysis in her approach to the arts. 

Inspired by the concept of art as a cultural and educational interface, Margaret has spent the last several years contributing to the arts community in both St. Louis and Illinois. She has worked in the curatorial department of the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis to assist in the research, organization, and presentation of exhibitions. She developed a familiarity with precious art, design and decorative objects while working for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ St. Louis branch. In her current position with Barrett Barrera Projects as Associate Curator of projects+gallery, Margaret applies both her continued dedication to culturally relevant and socially proactive art, and her enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation in contemporary artistic and curatorial practices to the development and execution of exhibitions and community programming. 

Margaret has been involved in the production of numerous exhibitions through Barrett Barrera Projects, including Charlie le Mindu: Charlie Would… (2016), Hassan Hajjaj (2017), Dario Calmese: Amongst Friends (2018), To Survive on This Shore, Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre (2018), Saint-Louis to St. Louis: The City on the River Meets River City, curated by Modou Dieng (2019), Tom Friedman: Eternal Return (2019), A Charm Against All That (2020), and Just Pictures, curated by Antwaun Sargent (2020).