Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch

Program

CCL Class of 2021

Institution

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Title

Director of Collections & Department Head and Teel Curator for African and Oceanic Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch is Director of Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she is responsible for the institution’s accessions strategy and process. Gunsch is also Department Head and Teel Curator for the Arts of Africa and Oceania, and is currently is preparing a reinstallation of the African collection that features the MFA’s outstanding collection of Nigerian art. Since joining the MFA in 2014, Gunsch curated Made Visible: Contemporary Fashion and Identity in South Africa, developed annual joint programming with Boston-area African Diaspora groups, and published The Benin Bronze Plaques: A 16th Century Imperial Monument(Routledge 2018) in addition to a highlights book on the collection. 

Gunsch was previously the Associate Curator for African Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she reinstalled the collection in new and expanded galleries. She earned her PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2012, studying the art of the Benin kingdom in present-day Nigeria. Before graduate school, Gunsch headed the development department of Plan USA, a global children’s non-profit organization, and supported journalists in Africa with Internews Network. Gunsch earned her BA at American University in 2001.

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