Fellows

A Distinguished Network

Founded in 2007, CCL has organized ten classes of fellows to date, training 110 curators who serve museums across the world. Each year CCL selects ten to twelve applicants representing a wide range of geographic, institutional, and art historical backgrounds.

Fellows become a unique cohort who undergo professional and personal growth together throughout the CCL experience and beyond. Our graduates add critical value to the vision and strategy of museums worldwide and form a network that fosters growth and collaboration.

Toby Jurovics - Chief Curator and Holland Curator of American Western Art

Toby Jurovics

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Class

CCL Class of 2011

Institution

Joslyn Art Museum

Title

Chief Curator and Holland Curator of American Western Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mentors

Hugh Davies, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum

Toby Jurovics is the Chief Curator and Holland Curator of American Western Art at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to joining the Joslyn, Mr. Jurovics was a curator of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Princeton University Art Museum. This past spring, he organized the first major retrospective on Timothy H. O’Sullivan in three decades, Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O’Sullivan and has organized numerous exhibitions by contemporary artists, including Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Barbara Bosworth, John Gossage, Emmet Gowin, and Edward Ranney. He has lectured widely on American landscape photography, and is the author of essays on Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Gossage, Emmet Gowin and the New Topographics. A dedicated champion of mid-career and emerging artists, he has endeavored to create exhibitions and programs that reach both popular and academic audiences while engaging vital contemporary issues. Mr. Jurovics holds a B.A. in art history and English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an M.A. in art history from the University of Delaware.

Griffith Mann - Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters

By focusing broadly on museums and leadership, CCL challenged me to think expansively about how curators can transform conventional notions of what museums are all about.

Griffith Mann

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Class

CCL Class of 2011

Institution

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Title

Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters

Institution at time of Fellowship

Cleveland Museum of Art

Mentors

James Cuno, Art Institute of Chicago

Kaywin Feldman, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Dr. C. Griffith Mann was appointed The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters in September, 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff in the Met’s main building, and for directing the staff and operations of The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Dr. Mann received his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. Prior to working at the Met, Dr. Mann served as Deputy Director and Chief Curator at The Cleveland Museum of Art (2008-2013), and the Director of the Curatorial Division and Medieval Curator at The Walters Art Museum (2002-2008).

Roxana Marcoci - Senior Curator, Department of Photography

Responding to the practical and intellectual complexities of today’s work of art curators and aspiring directors, CCL offers an innovative cross-disciplinary curriculum in ethics and business that is designed to foster leadership throughout the museological world.

Roxana Marcoci

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Roxana Marcoci is Senior Curator at MoMA, N.Y. She holds a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Marcoci has curated or co-curated major exhibitions with extensive publications:Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness (2014); The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook (2012); Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (2012); Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence (2011); Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960 (2011); The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today (2010), which was awarded “Outstanding Catalogue based on an Exhibition” from The Association of Art Museum Curators;Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography (2010);Take your time: Olafur Eliasson (2008);Comic Abstraction: Image-Breaking, Image-Making (2007);Thomas Demand (2005). She made numerous other shows within theNew Photography and Projectsseries. Marcoci is visiting professor in the graduate program at Yale University and currently prepares the exhibitionFrom Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola (2015).

Olivier Meslay - Dena and Felda Hardymon Director

As a place where mid-career museum curators gather and pause to think together about their professional world and the art world in general, CCL and its fellows reflect quite well the present and future of the museum world. And it is a great place to make friends!

Olivier Meslay

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Olivier Meslay is Associate director of Curatorial affairs, Senior curator for European and American Art and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. From 1993 to 2006, he was curator at the Painting department at the Louvre in charge of British, Spanish and American Art. From 2006 to 2009, he was chief curator for the Louvre Lens Project. From 2003-2006, he was in Charge of the Louvre-Atlanta project. He curated exhibitions on British Art: D’outre Manche, British Art in French Public Collections, 1994, Constable, selected by Lucian Freud, 2002, British art in the collections of the Académie, William Hogarth at the Louvre, 2006-2007. He published extensively on British art and France. He also published on early relationship between American art and France and organized exhibitions on the same subject as, Les artistes américains et le Louvre, Paris, musée du Louvre, 2006. The same year, he released to the public La Fayette: Database of American Art - Works by United States artists from the French Public collections. This website, updated in 2010, offers more than 3000 files. He also published in 2013 for the Louvre the « Catalogue des peintures britanniques, américaines et espagnoles du musée du Louvre ».

Since his move to Dallas he curated exhibitions like Chagall beyond Color, Hotel Texas, An art exhibition for the President and Mrs John F. Kennedy and a 19th century european works of paper exhibition Mind’s eye.

Jeannine O'Grody - Deputy Director, Chief Curator

Jeannine O'Grody

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In memoriam, 1965–2016

Jeannine A. O’Grody is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University; MA from Syracuse University’s Florence Fellowship Program; and BA from the College of William & Mary.

Prior to arriving in Birmingham in 2000, O’Grody worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and was a National Endowment for the Arts Curatorial Fellow at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. Her area of expertise is Italian Renaissance art.

While completing her doctorate, O’Grody lived in Italy for several years, where she researched sculptural models and Michelangelo’s creative process for her dissertation Un Semplice Modello: Michelangelo and His Three-Dimensional Preparatory Works. She has subsequently published articles and catalogue entries on Michelangelo and on the Baroque sculptor, Gianlorenzo Bernini. O’Grody has lectured widely in the field of Renaissance and Baroque Art, including the popular lecture: “The Art of Leonardo: The Da Vinci Code Deciphered,” which has been given at numerous museums throughout the country.

O’Grody has organized exhibitions such as Methods and Media: Drawings from the Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art and Old Masters to Modern Methods: Prints from the Birmingham Museum of Art. She was also the curator for the Birmingham presentation of Sacred Treasures: Early Italian Paintings from Southern Collections, The Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from the Museums of FRAME, and The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. Most recently, O’Grody organized Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, which featured eleven rare drawings and the Codex on the Flight of Birds.

Her areas of research interest include old master drawings, prints, the creative process, patronage, and fifteenth through eighteenth century European sculpture.

Michael Taylor - Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Michael Taylor

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Class

CCL Class of 2011

Institution

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Title

Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Institution at time of Fellowship

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mentors

Josef Helfenstein, The Menil Collection

Jock Reynolds, Yale University Art Gallery

Michael Taylor is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He previously served as Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth in June 2011, Dr. Taylor served as the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he worked for more than fifteen years. A highly regarded curator, author, and expert on modern and contemporary art, he is an eminent scholar of Dada and Surrealism with a focus on the art of Marcel Duchamp. In 2009 he was co-commissioner with Carlos Basualdo for the Bruce Nauman exhibition at the American Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale that won the Golden Lion award for best national pavilion. Dr. Taylor’s 2009 book, Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnés, won the George Wittenborn Prize and was awarded first prize for best museum permanent collection catalogue by the American Association of Art Museum Curators. A native of London, England, Dr. Taylor received Master of Arts degrees from both the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He also received his PhD at the Courtauld Institute. In 2011, he was a Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York, which prepared him for the transition from curator to museum director. During his tenure at Dartmouth, Dr. Taylor has launched a major expansion of the Hood that will see the museum double its gallery space and triple the number of its classrooms. Designed by the award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, this expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Beth Venn - Former Chief Executive Officer

Beth Venn

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Class

CCL Class of 2011

Institution

Saul Steinberg Foundation

Title

Former Chief Executive Officer

Institution at time of Fellowship

Newark Museum

Mentors

Adam Lerner, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Ned Rifkin, Blanton Museum of Art

Christophe Cherix - The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints

Christophe Cherix

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Class

CCL Class of 2010

Institution

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA

Title

The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints

Institution at time of Fellowship

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA

Mentors

Philippe de Montebello, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michael Govan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA

Christophe Cherix is The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art. He joined the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books as Curator in July 2007 after serving as Curator of the Cabinet des estampes in Geneva. Cherix’s specialty is modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on printed art of the 1960s and 1970s. At MoMA, he most recently organized Jasper Johns: Regrets (with Ann Temkin), an exhibition which premiered the artist’s most recent body of work, a cohesive group of paintings, drawings and prints. In addition, he organized numerous shows at the Museum, including Print/Out (2012), an exhibition on contemporary prints, artist books, and ephemera from the early 1990s to the present, and Contemporary Art from the Collection (with Kathy Halbreich; 2010–2011), an installation of the permanent collection from the 1960s to the present. His upcoming projects comprise an exhibition of the work of Yoko Ono during the 1960s (with Klaus Biesenbach, May 2015), and a retrospective of the work of Marcel Broodthaers (Spring 2016). He has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent acquisitions of the Daled Collection, the Seth Siegelaub Collection and Archives, and the Art & Project/Depot VBVR collection, which together have transformed the Museum’s collection of Conceptual art.

Deborah Cullen - Director and Chief Curator

Deborah Cullen

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Deborah Cullen, PhD, is Director & Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York. In fall 2014, Cullen curated the first retrospective on printmaker Robert Blackburn (1920-2003) for the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, at University of Maryland, College Park. She wrote her dissertation for CUNY Graduate Center on the legendary Jamaican-American printmaker. She recently curated Interruption: The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia, fall 2013). In 2012, Cullen was Chief Curator of The Hive: The Third Poligraphic Trienal of San Juan (Puerto Rico). Previously, Cullen served at El Museo del Barrio, New York, for over 15 years. As Director of Curatorial Programs, her projects included participating in the curatorial team and co-editing the 500-page anthology, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012); in addition to curating Retro/Active: The Work of Rafael Ferrer(2010, and authoring the monograph Rafael Ferrer for UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center), Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2009), and Arte (no es) Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000(2008), for which she received a 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.

Malcolm Daniel - Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography

Malcolm Daniel

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Malcolm Daniel is Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography and Curator of Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was previouslythe Senior Curator and former Curator in Charge of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the world’s preeminent curators of 19th-century photography. A specialist in the early history of photography in France and Great Britain, Daniel has curated or co-curated some 25 exhibitions during his 23-year tenure at the Metropolitan, including The Photographs of Édouard Baldus (1994); Edgar Degas, Photographer (1998);The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839–1855 (2003); All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 (2004); Napoleon III and Paris (2009); Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand (2010); Photographic Treasures from the Collection of Alfred Stieglitz (2011); Naked before the Camera (2012); and Julia Margaret Cameron (2013). He is the author of numerous books and articles; has served as Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts; and was a 2010 Fellow at the prestigious Center for Curatorial Leadership.

During Daniel’s nine-year leadership of the Department, the Metropolitan acquired some 20,000 photographs spanning the full history of the medium. He spearheaded the acquisition of individual masterpieces, ranging from William Henry Fox Talbot and Baron Gros to Edgar Degas and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as the renowned Gilman Paper Company Collection of 8,500 photographs from the first century of the medium, 1839 to 1939.

Daniel received his B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford, in art history and studio art in 1978; his M.A. in Modern art from Princeton University in 1987; and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1991.

Alison de Lima Greene - Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

CCL gave me essential tools to refresh my practice and to broaden my vision. While I found many of the daily sessions inspiring, in the long run it was the allegiances and the friendships established among CCL participants and mentors that have served me the best.

Alison de Lima Greene

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Class

CCL Class of 2010

Institution

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Title

Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Mentors

Derrick Cartwright, Seattle Art Museum

Timothy Rub, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Alison de Lima Greene is curator of Contemporary Art & Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Before coming to Texas, Ms. Greene worked in the department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lectured at The Cooper Union. She graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 1974 and received her Master’s degree from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1981. Among her recent exhibitions are Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski and James Turrell: The Light Inside. A 2010 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Ms. Greene also serves as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators and on the board of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Kathleen Forde - Artistic Director at Large

Kathleen Forde

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Kathleen Forde is a curator based in NYC and Istanbul. Forde is the Artistic Director at Large for Borusan Contemporary, a collection-based space for media arts exhibitions, commissions and public programming in Istanbul. During her tenure at BC Forde has curated and toured numerous solo exhibitions by artists such as Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Daniel Canogar, Brigitte Kowanz and John Gerrard, and collaborated with curators and institutions that include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Espacio Telefonica Madrid, La Boral Gijon and the Kunsthalle Darmstadt.

Concurrently she is working as an independent curator with various institutions both nationally and abroad.

From 2005 to 2012 Forde was the Curator of Time-Based Visual Arts at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY. At EMPAC she commissioned and/or produced a broad range of new work by artists that included The Wooster Group, Laurie Anderson, Japanther, Jem Cohen and Ben Rubin, and curated exhibitions such as Dancing on the Ceiling: Art and Zero Gravity.

Prior to EMPAC, Forde was the Curatorial Director for Live Arts and New Media at the Goethe Institut Internaciones in Berlin and Munich. As Curatorial Associate and then Assistant Curator for Media Arts at SFMOMA (1999–2002), she co-curated the interdisciplinary show 010101: Art in Technological Times in addition to ongoing work with both temporary and permanent collection exhibitions.

She has also written and/or curated on a freelance basis for various organizations that have included the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology; The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA); Independent Curators International; The Transmediale Festival, Berlin; Kunstverein Dusseldorf and Cologne; VideoZone, Tel Aviv; the Rotterdam Film Festival; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She sits on the board of Issue Project Room, NY, and on the Advisory Committees for the SETI Institute Artist in Residence Program and the Moving Image Art Fair, Istanbul.

In 2002-3 Forde held an Alexander von Humboldt research scholarship in Berlin She earned an MA in Post-1945 Art and Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BA in Communications and Art History from the Loyola College of Maryland.