Ingrid Schaeffner is a curator and writer who has been working in contemporary art since the mid-1980s. Schaffner is known for developing bodies of work around the themes of surrealism, collecting, and photography.
Schaffner co-authored the publication Deep Storage which was a major international survey of 50 contemporary artists representing issues and images of collecting, storage, and archiving. Other exhibitions include Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, More ... on collecting, Richard Tuttle, In Parts, 1998-2001, and The Photogenic: Photography Through its Metaphor. She has numerous publications on 20th century art, art reviews in Artforum, and catalog essays.
Schaffner is the Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania.