Since 2007, Elizabeth Easton has been the Director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL), a non-profit organization she co-founded with Agnes Gund to train museum curators in the fundamentals of management and leadership.
A curator, art historian, and educator, she formulated the program for CCL as a direct result of her service as the first elected president of the Association of Art Museum Curators (2003-2006), an organization of more than 1,200 curators from 350 museums across the United States. In her capacity as president, she launched an inquiry into the professional development of curators that led to the creation of CCL.
Easton earned her Ph.D. at Yale University, writing her dissertation on Edouard Vuillard's interiors of the 1890s. She joined the Brooklyn Museum in 1988 as assistant curator and became chair of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture in 1999. During her tenure, she was responsible for numerous exhibitions, including Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard (1990), Frederic Bazille: Prophet of Impressionism (1992), Monet and the Mediterranean (1997), and Brooklyn Collects (2001). Her recent scholarship has focused on picture frames and artists’ photographs after the invention of the Kodak—the subject of her most recent exhibition and catalogue, Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard (2012).
She is the recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal—the highest honor accorded to alumni of Yale University’s Graduate School—and in 2008 was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government. She is a trustee of MASS MoCA and has served on the boards of the Town School, the Spence School, Studio in a School, and the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR). She is on the Visiting Committee of the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is on the advisory boards of a number of other cultural institutions.