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Amy Brandt (1978–2015)

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, has shared the sad news that Amy L. Brandt, the McKinnon curator of modern and contemporary art, has passed away at the age of thirty-seven. Brandt arrived at the Norfolk in 2011 to begin her newly created and endowed position. During her time there she oversaw around 2,400 works of art in the museum’s post-1945 painting collection. She went on to present the Chrysler’s renovated and reinterpreted McKinnon Wing of Modern and Contemporary Art, with shows like “Colorama,” 2011, and “Mark Rothko: Perceptions of Being,” 2011–2012.

Brandt also previously held a variety of roles at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the American Federation of Arts in New York. She most recently organized “Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera,” which opened at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery in April and runs through July.

“Academically distinguished, deeply passionate, and supremely self-confident, Amy embodied the very best of America’s new generation of art historians,” said chief curator Jeff Harrison. “It was a joy and a privilege to work with her.”