Emily Liebert. Photo: Sebastian Bach.

Cleveland Museum of Art Appoints Emily Liebert Curator of Contemporary Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) announced that Emily Liebert has been promoted to curator of contemporary art. Liebert first joined the institution’s staff as associate curator of contemporary art in 2017. During her tenure, she curated the exhibition “Raúl de Nieves: Fina,” now on view at the Transformer Station. She is currently organizing the museum’s first site-specific commission in the Ames Family Atrium, “Emeka Ogboh’s Ámà: The Gathering Place,” with Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, CMA’s curator of African art.

“She is a terrific curator with a creative approach to making contemporary art accessible to a broad audience,” said director William M. Griswold. “Emily brings an exciting and collaborative vision for collecting and exhibiting global contemporary art at the CMA, and she is already at work on a number of compelling future projects. We very much look forward to Emily’s leadership.”

Prior to working at the CMA, Liebert served as curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as coordinator for education and public affairs at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She has taught in the department of art history and in its School of the Arts, where she also curated the MFA program’s first-year thesis show in 2017. Her art criticism has appeared in Artforum and Frieze.

Commenting on her new role, Liebert said: “Since arriving, I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the museum’s collections and communities, while working with such talented colleagues. I am looking forward to continued collaborations across museum departments as we offer a contemporary program that reflects and carries forward in time the expansive histories gathered in our encyclopedic collection.”