Casey Riley. Photo: The Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Names Casey Riley Curator, Head of Department of Photography and New Media

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has announced the appointment of Casey Riley as curator and head of its department of photography and new media. A specialist in the history of photography, as well as the visual and material culture of the nineteenth century, Riley will oversee the scholarship, display, and preservation of the museum’s collection of more than fourteen thousand photographs and works of new media.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Riley join the curatorial team at MIA. Her particular interest in gender studies and the work of women photographers is a welcome new direction for the department,” said director and president Kaywin Feldman. “In addition, Dr. Riley’s strong experience in education and interpretation aligns with the museum’s mission and strategic plan to make our wonderful collections accessible and relevant to the broadest possible spectrum of visitors.”

Riley joins the MIA from the Boston Athenaeum, where she spearheaded a range of curatorial initiatives, including the special exhibition “Collecting Power,” which she is organizing in collaboration with the Boston Athenaeum’s head of special collections, John Buchtel, and the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee. The show will open at the Boston Athenaeum in 2019. Riley also serves as a consulting curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, where she curated “Isabella’s Relics” (2018) and “Henry James and American Painting” (2017), with Christina Nielsen, the incoming director of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in California. Riley will take up the post on September 10.