Katy Siegel’s new position as Senior Programming and Research Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art brings new challenges. Image: Baltimore Museum of Art
BALTIMORE, MD. — On September 1, 2016, Katy Siegel took up her new position as Senior Programming and Research Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Although a part-time position, she has a lot on her shoulder with this new position. According to BMA, Siegel will play a “major role in the museum’s future exhibitions, public programs, audience development initiatives, institutional identity, and partnerships.” She will also advise on capital projects.
Siegel received both her M.A. and her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to taking up her new position at BMA, she was curator-at-large at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. There, she curated several important shows. Some of her exhibitions included Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1974, and The Matter that Surrounds Us: Wols and Charline von Heyl. Siegel also curated Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975. The show was co-curated with Christopher Wool.
Perhaps Siegel’s most important exhibition is High Times Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-75. The exhibition toured internationally and received an award from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
A brilliant scholar, Siegel has written several books on artists and art history. Some of her books include The Heroine Paint: After Frankenthaler, Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art. She also wrote Abstract Expressionism. In addition to her books, Siegel has also written numerous catalogue essays on modern and contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Andrea Bowers, Rosalyn Drexler, Eberhard Havekost, Wols von Heyl, Willem de Kooning, Sharon Lockhart, Al Loving, Magnus Plessen, David Reed, Frank Stella, and Sarah Sze. Siegel is a contributing editor at Artforum.
Presently, Siegel is the inaugural Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University. In addition to her work in the new position at the BMA, she will continue to teach at the university.
Since her appointment, Siegel has been enjoying a warm welcome at BMA. “I am pleased and honored to welcome Katy Siegel to The Baltimore Museum of Art,” said Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford.
Siegel brings a world of experience to her new position at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she now works with an exceptional team. “As one of the most influential thinkers in the field of post-war art, she will join an already vibrant team at the museum who will work within the institution and beyond its walls to set the BMA’s creative course for the next five to seven years,” notes Wagner Wallis.
A multitasker, Siegel continues to juggle her new position with future aspirations. One of her upcoming projects is Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965. Opening in October 2016 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, she is co-curating with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes. She is also co-curator with Christopher Bedford of the American Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, featuring Mark Bradford.