Donna De Salvo is a Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Donna De Salvo joined the Whitney in 2004 and was appointed the museum’s first Chief Curator in 2006, a position she held until 2015 when she assumed her current role. De Salvo is leading the museum’s efforts to consider American art in an expanded content, in addition to curating exhibitions and collection displays and pursing acquisitions into the collection, in part as a co-leader of the Whitney’s Painting and Sculpture committee. De Salvo was instrumental in the development and design of the new Whitney and led the curatorial team that organized America Is Hard to See. Most recently, she curated Open Plan: Michael Heizer and Open Plan: Steve McQueen. Presently, she is working on a thematic retrospective of the work of Andy Warhol.
On 17 October 2016 Donna De Salvo delivered Whitney Museum of American Art: New Building by Renzo Piano lecture at the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum.