Christina Nielsen

Christina Nielsen

Program

CCL Class of 2017

Institution

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Title

Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections

Institution at time of Fellowship

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Residency

Van Gogh Museum

Mentor

Axel Rüger, Van Gogh Museum

Christina Nielsen is the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections at The Huntington, a place where art, botanical, and library collections prompt artists, scholars, and students of all ages to think differently about the past, the present, and the future. The art collections at The Huntington feature European and American art spanning more than 500 years, and a new gallery devoted to Asian art will open in the summer of 2020.

Christina received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Germany for her dissertation research. She has held other research appointments and fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The British Museum; in 2017, she was a Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York. Christina has taught art history courses at the University of Chicago, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Before joining the Huntington, Christina was the William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Exhibition Program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where she led a cross-departmental team on initiatives that give different audiences greater access to the museum’s extraordinary collections of fine art, rare books, and archival items. Her most recent exhibitions include Off The Wall: Gardner and her Masterpieces, Henry James and American Painting, and The Farnese Sarcophagus: Life, Death, and Revelry. Prior to her time at the Gardner, Christina worked at the Art Institute of Chicago for ten years, where she curated a number of exhibitions and served a two-year term as the president of the Art Institute’s Curatorial Forum.

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2016-11-03

Center for Curatorial Leadership Announces 2017 Fellows

Twelve Curators Announced for Tenth Annual Intensive Training Program The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has announced its tenth class of curatorial fellows as the organization celebrates one decade of training prepared and inspired museum leaders. The 2017 class includes twelve esteemed curators from across North America and signals the ... Read More >

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2017-06-01

Program Highlights | The Tenth Annual CCL Fellowship Concludes in NYC

Highlights from the concluding weeklong intensive of the Center for Curatorial Leadership The Center for Curatorial Leadership’s (CCL) 2017 Fellows convened this May for a one-week intensive in New York City. As a culmination of their five months in the fellowship, these twelve inspired curators participated in a targeted selection ... Read More >

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2017-02-09

Program Highlights | CCL Concludes January Session of Its Tenth Annual Leadership Fellowship

Highlights from the two-week January intensive of the Center for Curatorial Leadership For two weeks in January, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) hosted its tenth class of Fellows for their leadership intensive in New York City. A cohort of twelve curators from institutions across North America came together for ... Read More >

2019-08-20

Amy Landau Named Director of Education and Interpretation at the Fowler Museum at UCLA

Amy Landau (CCL 2017) has been named the Director of Education and Interpretation at the Fowler Museum at UCLA! Landau has served as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Islamic and South & Southeast Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum since 2009. While at the Walters, Landau curated Pearls on a ... Read More >

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2018-08-23

Christina Nielsen (CCL 2017) named Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has named Christina Nielsen (CCL 2017) the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections. Most recently the William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Exhibition Program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Christina completed the CCL Fellowship last year, completing ... Read More >