Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections
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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