Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections
Christina Nielsen is the William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Exhibition Program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she leads a cross-departmental team on initiatives that give different audiences greater access to the Gardner’s extraordinary collections of fine art, rare books, and archival items. Her most recent exhibition, “Off The Wall: Gardner and her Masterpieces,” showcased twenty-five of the museum’s most renowned paintings in a new light, while at the same time thinking anew about the role of the museum in the community—at the time of its founding and today. Before joining the Gardner in 2014, Christina was at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she curated a number of exhibitions and served a two-year term as the president of the Art Institute’s Curatorial Forum.
Christina received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago, and has published widely on ancient and medieval art, and on the history of collecting medieval art in 19th-20th century America. In addition to serving as a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Christina has held research appointments and fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The British Museum. She has taught art history courses at the University of Chicago, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Additionally, she has served on the board of the International Center for Medieval Art and on several committees for the Association of Art Museum Curators.