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Kristen Windmuller-Luna and Drew Sawyer Join Brooklyn Museum’s Curatorial Team

The Brooklyn Museum announced today two new curatorial appointments. Kristen Windmuller-Luna was named consulting curator of African art, and Drew Sawyer was hired as a curator of photography. They will take up their posts at the institution in April.

A curator and historian of African arts and architecture, with a specialization in the early modern period and Christian Ethiopia, Windmuller-Luna will be charged with assessing and rethinking how to present the Brooklyn Museum’s extensive holdings of African art, which comprise more than six thousand objects. Windmuller-Luna is known for curating exhibitions that counter myths about African civilizations and artistic production by focusing on cultural specificity, artistic diversity, and global historical context. She is also a lecturer in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University. Previously, she served as a collections research specialist in African art at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Sawyer, the current head of exhibitions and associate curator of photography at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, will lead efforts to reimagine the role of photography within the Brooklyn Museum. His most recent exhibitions include “Family Pictures” (2018)—which explored the legacy of Roy DeCarava’s 1955 book The Sweet Flypaper of Life and comprised works by John Edmonds, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Gordon Parks, Ming Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems—and “The Sun Placed in the Abyss and Red Horizon: Contemporary Art and Photography in the USSR and Russia, 1960 to 2010” (2017). He is a coorganizer of the upcoming historical survey “Art after Stonewall, 1969 to 1989,” which will tour during the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 2019. Previously, Sawyer served as a curatorial fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

“We are thrilled to welcome Drew and Kristen to our fantastic curatorial team during this period of great momentum as we expand exhibitions, public programs, and educational reach,” said director Anne Pasternak.