Northwestern’s Block Museum Hires New Curator

Janet Dees has been hired as the new curator of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. She’ll begin on September 21. A former curator at SITE Santa Fe, Dees cocurated “Unsettled Landscapes,” the first exhibition of “SITElines: New Perspectives on the Art of the Americas,” collaborating as part of a team of four curators. On the occasion of the institution’s twentieth anniversary, she also helped organize a yearlong series of twenty projects featuring previous SITE Santa Fe artists.

Dees has also researched and taught African and African-American art, as well as Spanish Colonial art, in previous positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York.

“Janet’s practice matches our mission,” said Kathleen Bickford Berzock, associate director of curatorial affairs at the Block Museum. “She will play a pivotal role in shaping our curatorial program.”