Center for Curuatorial Leadership
Fellows

Mentor & Residency Hosts 2013


Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

MENTOR: Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
RESIDENCY: Michael Govan, Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Curator of African Art
Art Institute of Chicago

MENTOR: Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, CEO, Director and Chief Curator, Aspen Museum of Art
RESIDENCY: Neil MacGregor, Director, The British Museum

Jason Busch, Chief Curator and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design
Carnegie Museum of Art

MENTOR: Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
RESIDENCY: Brent Benjamin, Director, Saint Louis Art Museum

Judith Dolkart, Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator
The Barnes Foundation

MENTOR: Tom Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums
RESIDENCY: Tom Campbell, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrea Grover, Curator of Special Projects
Parrish Museum of Art

MENTOR: Adam Lerner, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver
RESIDENCY: Olga Viso, Director, Walker Art Center

Leo Jansen, Curator of Paintings
Van Gogh Museum

MENTOR: John Leighton, Director-General, The National Galleries of Scotland
RESIDENCY: Timothy Rub, George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Emily Neff, Curator, American Paintings and Sculpture
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

MENTOR: Kim Rorschach, Director, Seattle Art Museum
RESIDENCY: Axel Rüger, , Van Gogh Museum

Rebecca Rabinow, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

MENTOR: Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director, Creative Time
RESIDENCY: Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Jessica Todd Smith, Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

MENTOR: James Steward, Director, Princeton University Art Museum
RESIDENCY: Martin Roth, Director, Victoria & Albert Museum

Nina Zimmer, Curator, Nineteenth Century/Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Basel
MENTOR: Ann Goldstein, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
RESIDENCY: Max Anderson, Director, Dallas Museum of Art

2013 Fellows


Carlos Basualdo
Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art


Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Curator at Large at MAXXI- Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome, Italy. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he currently oversees the Museum's modern and contemporary collection while also developing temporary exhibitions. In 2006, he initiated two exhibition series at the Museum called “Notations” and “Live Cinema,” both of which are devoted to the permanent collection and video. He was the lead organizer of “Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens” that represented the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010 he organized a survey exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI, where it traveled in the spring of 2011. He is currently working on “Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp,” which is scheduled to open in Philadelphia in October of 2012 and will travel to the Barbican Gallery in the Winter of 2013.

He has was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale and conceived and curated “Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture,” which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005), as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007).


Kathleen Bickford Berzock
Curator of African Art
Art Institute of Chicago


Kathleen Bickford Berzock is curator of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has guided the development and display of the museum’s African art collection since 1995. She has also presented internationally acclaimed exhibitions, including Benin—Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria (2008) and For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection (2005), for which she also authored the scholarly catalogue. She co-edited (with Christa Clarke) and contributed to the volume Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (2010), which includes essays on the history of thirteen museum collections and through them chronicles the shifts in meaning and public perception of African art in this country. At the Art Institute Berzock has served as the chair of the Curator’s Forum and is currently chairing the Director’s Task Force on Global Perspectives. She was a research assistant for African art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1993-1995) and received her Ph.D. in African art history from Indiana University (1995).


Jason T. Busch
Chief Curator and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design
Carnegie Museum of Art


Jason T. Busch is Chief Curator and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. In 2009, Mr. Busch directed the ambitious renovation and reinstallation of the museum’s storied Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries of decorative arts, modernist design, and contemporary craft. He was formerly Associate Curator of Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. He received his master’s degree in Early American Culture from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware. A frequent contributor to decorative arts periodicals, Mr. Busch also has developed several scholarly exhibitions and publications, including Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 (2012-2013), Carnegie Museum of Art Decorative Arts and Design Collection Highlights (2009), Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861 (2004), and George Washington: In Profile (1999).


Judith F. Dolkart
Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator
The Barnes Foundation


Judith F. Dolkart is deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation. Joining in 2010, Ms. Dolkart helped plan the relocation of the collections to Philadelphia. Under her stewardship, the Barnes launched an exhibition program and published three books in 2012, notably The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks and Renoir in the Barnes Foundation.

Prior to 2010, Ms. Dolkart spent nine years at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Her exhibitions included ‘Michelangelo of the Menagerie’: Bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye (2005) and James Tissot: The Life of Christ (2009). She coordinated Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea (2009).

Ms. Dolkart received her BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and her MA from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught art history at Hunter College, New York, in 2008-2009. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Art Museum Curators.


Andrea Grover
Curator of Special Projects
Parrish Museum of Art


Andrea Grover is the Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum, where she is initiating new models for temporary and off-site exhibitions via the Museum's Platform and Parrish Road Show series. From 1998-2008, she was the Founding Director of Houston's Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit cinema specializing in media art and the presentation of multi-disciplinary performances and screenings. In 2010, she was awarded a Warhol Curatorial Fellowship, jointly hosted by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, to research artists working at the intersection of science and technology. The outcome of her Fellowship is the 2011 publication, "New Art/Science Affinities," co-authored with Claire Evans, Régine Debatty, Pablo Garcia, and the design collaborative Thumb, which profiles over 60 contemporary artists working in maker culture, hacking, artistic research, citizen science and computational art. She studied visual art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 1995), Syracuse University (BFA 1992), and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. She was a Core Fellow in residence at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1995-1997.


Leo Jansen
Curator of Paintings
Van Gogh Museum


Leo Jansen studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Utrecht (1960) where he specialized in 19th and 20th-century literature and scholarly editing. From 1994 till 2009 he was an editor of the Van Gogh Letters Project, the result of which was published in October 2009 as a digital edition on the internet entitled Vincent van Gogh, The Letters (a scholarly website containing virtually everything there is concerning Van Gogh’s correspondence, www.vangoghletters.org; awarded by Europa Nostra), and in a widely acclaimed, six volume printed edition (published simultaneously in English, Dutch and French (Actes Sud). He co-curated the exhibition Van Gogh’s letters: the artist speaks (Van Gogh Museum, 2009-2010; awarded by AICA, The Netherlands). Since December 2005 he has been the Van Gogh Museum’s curator of paintings. He recently curated an exhibition of the Van Gogh Museum's collection in the Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam (September 2012) and he is currently co-curating the exhibition Munch-Van Gogh, a joint project with the Munch Museum, Oslo (Spring 2015). As a scholar he is the editor of several literary and art historical periodicals and projects.


Emily Ballew Neff
Curator, American Paintings and Sculpture
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Emily Ballew Neff is Curator of American painting and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She received art history degrees from Yale University (B.A.), Rice University (M.A.), and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD.). Two major fields of interest include eighteenth-century Anglo-America, and nineteenth and twentieth-century American landscape and photography, which have resulted in exhibitions on John Singleton Copley, The Modern West: American Painting and Photography, 1890-1950 (2006-07), and the forthcoming American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World (2013). Grants received include the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Raymond and Margaret Horowitz Foundation. Scholarships and fellowships include the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (CASVA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center, and the Clark Art Institute. A public lecturer in the U.S. and in England, she has also served on the faculty of Rice University as distinguished lecturer.


Rebecca Rabinow
Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Rebecca Rabinow is currently a curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum.  Since joining the museum’s Department of European Paintings in 1990, she has contributed to seventeen special exhibitions covering a range of nineteenth and early twentieth-century subjects.  Additionally in 2006-07 she assisted with the renovation and reinstallation of the entire Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century European Paintings and Sculpture Galleries.  Dr. Rabinow co-curated the critically acclaimed exhibition, The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Grand Palais, Paris; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011-12).  Her next exhibition, Matisse: In Search of True Painting, will be on view at the Metropolitan Museum from December 4, 2012-March 17, 2013, following presentations in Paris and Copenhagen.

Dr. Rabinow holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and did her undergraduate work at Smith College.  She has edited several prize-winning exhibition catalogues including Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde (2006) and The Steins Collect (2011), the recipient of the Dedalus Foundation’s inaugural Exhibition Catalogue Award.


Jessica Todd Smith
Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens


Jessica Todd Smith is the Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. At the Huntington, she helped double the gallery space for the American art collection and is currently planning a second phase of expansion for 2014. She has organized exhibitions including Pressed in Time: American Prints 1905-1950 (2007-8) and Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame (2011), which were accompanied by publications. Smith began her tenure at the Huntington in 2002 as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Fellow after receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard University Art Museums. She obtained her A.B. from Harvard University where she graduated summa cum laude


Nina Zimmer
Curator, Nineteenth Century/Modern Art
Kunstmuseum Basel


Nina Zimmer, born 1973 in Munich, Germany, is curator of 19th century art and Modern art at Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland since 2006. She has been responsible for the exhibitions “Vincent van Gogh — Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes” (2009), “Soutine and Modernism” (2008), “Andreas Gursky“ (2007), “Andy Warhol: The Early Sixties” (2011), and most recently “Renoir: Between Bohemia and the Bourgeoisie: The Early Years” (2012). Previously, she was assistant curator at Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany, responsible for the collection catalogue of photography department, and the exhibition “Jean Dubuffet - He Took off His Sandals”. Nina Zimmer studied history of art, romance, and media studies in Bordeaux, Göttingen, Münster and Hamburg. Her dissertation was entitled “Collaborative art in the 1960s between Moscow and New York”. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor, Bosch Fellow, at the University of Chicago in 2002, as well as a visiting professor for occidental art theory at the Korean National University of Art in Seoul, South Korea, in 2005.