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Art Gallery of Ontario Appoints Four New Curators

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed four new curators: Julie Crooks, assistant curator of photography; Alexa Greist, assistant curator of prints and drawings; Wanda Nanibush, assistant curator of Canadian and indigenous art; and Caroline Shields, assistant curator of European art.

Stephan Jost, the Michael and Sonja Koerner director and CEO of the museum, said, “The four areas in which Alexa, Caroline, Julie, and Wanda will work are all central to the vision for the future of the AGO. Whether they are cornerstone collections, such as European or Canadian art, or growing areas of focus such as Indigenous art or photography, each of them brings an exceptional and diverse range of experiences to their work here.”

Crooks received her Ph.D. from the department of history of art and archaeology at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She is a cocurator of the “Of Africa” project at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, where she was given a Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellowship to research the involvement of black and African audiences with the museum’s African gallery, as well as the history of black people in Canada via photography.

Greist comes to the AGO from the Yale University Art Gallery, where she helped to organize a number of exhibitions, such as “Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena” (2013–14). She has also held positions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Greist received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe curator and community organizer from the Beausoleil First Nation in Southern Ontario. She has a master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto. Nanibush has worked in a number of capacities—as programmer, festival coordinator, and executive director—at many organizations over the last twenty years, such as ImagineNATIVE, the Optic Nerve Film Festival, and the Reframe Film Festival. She has curated several exhibitions as well, including the AGO’s “Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989.”

Shields has worked at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. At the National Gallery of Art, she worked on the exhibition “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye” (2015). She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland this year.