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Menil Collection Welcomes Irene Mei Zhi Shum and Natalie Dupêcher to Its Curatorial Staff

The Menil Collection in Houston announced today that Irene Mei Zhi Shum has been named associate curator of contemporary art and Natalie Dupêcher has been appointed assistant curator of modern art. They will assume their responsibilities in summer 2018.

Since 2007, Shum has served as the inaugural curator and collections manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she organized the exhibitions “Fujiko Nakaya: Veil” (2014) and “Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden” (2016). Previously she served as a curatorial assistant in the department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she organized the museum’s first survey of landscape architecture, “Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape” (2005).

Dupêcher is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, where she is writing her dissertation on the German artist Hans Bellmer. She holds a master’s degree in the history of art from Williams College and a bachelor of arts degree in art history and romance languages from New York University. Dupêcher most recently served as the museum research consortium fellow in the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

“We are delighted to welcome Irene Mei Zhi Shum and Natalie Dupêcher to the Menil Collection,” director Rebecca Rabinow said. “This is a particularly exciting time to join the institution as we prepare to reopen our main museum building in autumn 2018 with a refreshed focus on our permanent collection. Irene and Natalie bring important expertise that will illuminate the Menil’s holdings of modern and contemporary art and will further the Menil’s longstanding commitment to living artists.”