August 30, 2016
Baltimore Museum of Art Names Katy Siegel as Senior Programming and Research Curator
BALTIMORE, MD (August 30, 2016)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the appointment of Katy Siegel as Senior Programming and Research Curator. In this new part-time position, Katy will play a key role in the museum’s future exhibitions, public programs, audience development initiatives, institutional identity, and partnerships, and will also advise on capital projects. Siegel begins this new position on September 1.
“I am pleased and honored to welcome Katy Siegel to The Baltimore Museum of Art,” said Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “As one of the most influential thinkers in the field of post-war art, she will join an already vibrant team at the museum who will work within the institution and beyond its walls to set the BMA’s creative course for the next five to seven years.”
Siegel is the inaugural Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, where she will continue to teach. Prior to the appointment with the BMA, she was curator-at-large at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, where her exhibitions included Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1974, and The Matter that Surrounds Us: Wols and Charline von Heyl. Other curated exhibitions are High Times Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-75, which toured internationally and received an award from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), and Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975 (co-curated with Christopher Wool). Her books include “The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler, Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art, and Abstract Expressionism. She has written numerous catalogue essays on modern and contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Andrea Bowers, Rosalyn Drexler, Eberhard Havekost, Wols von Heyl, Willem de Kooning, Sharon Lockhart, Al Loving, Magnus Plessen, David Reed, Frank Stella, and Sarah Sze. Siegel is also a contributing editor at Artforum. She received both her M.A. and her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Siegel’s upcoming projects include Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, opening in October 2016 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, which she is co-curating with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes. She is also co-curator with Christopher Bedford of the American Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, featuring Mark Bradford.
About the Baltimore Museum of Art
Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspires people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, programs, and collections that tell an expansive story of art—challenging long-held narratives and embracing new voices. Our outstanding collection of more than 97,000 objects spans many eras and cultures and includes the world’s largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse; one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs; and a rapidly growing number of works by contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds. The museum is also distinguished by a neoclassical building designed by American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of modern and contemporary sculpture. The BMA is located three miles north of the Inner Harbor, adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, and has a community branch at Lexington Market. General admission is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.