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MFA Boston Names Michelle Millar Fisher Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, has appointed Michelle Millar Fisher as curator of contemporary decorative arts. Fisher currently serves as assistant curator of European decorative arts and design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she is working on the upcoming exhibition “Designs for Different Futures,” opening in October. Fisher will take up the post on July 1.

“Michelle is a brilliant curator, a dedicated teacher and scholar, and an emphatic community builder,” said Reto Thüring, the chair of the MFA’s department of contemporary art. “She will bring the vision, energy, and collaborative spirit to Boston and the MFA that will help write an exciting next chapter for contemporary decorative art, craft, and design.”

Prior to joining the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fisher served as a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 2014 to 2018. During her tenure, she worked on the exhibitions “This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good” (2015–16); “From the Collection, 1960–1969” (2016–17); and, most recently, “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” (2017–18). Fisher is also finishing her dissertation at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

Commenting on her new position, Fisher said: “I am delighted to be joining the MFA, a world-class institution that is neighbor to so many thriving and exciting centers of contemporary cross-disciplinary practice in Boston—including several I have enjoyed collaborating with in the past, like the MIT Media Lab.”

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