Tara Contractor

Tara Contractor

Tara Contractor is a PhD Candidate at Yale University, specializing in nineteenth-century British art. Her dissertation, “British Gilt: Gold in Painting 1790-1914,” investigates gold as a defining material of the nineteenth century; a material through which artists explored the economics of empire, and their place within new, global art histories. Her research has been recognized with support from the Delaware Art Museum, the Huntington Library, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She previously received an MA with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA from Scripps College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She previously worked at the Bruce Museum, where she was a Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow. She currently works at the Brooklyn Museum, where she is a curatorial intern, and at the Yale Center for British Art, where she is a guest curator of the upcoming exhibition, Unto this Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin (opening September 2019).

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