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Ronni Baer.
Ronni Baer.

Ronni Baer Named Princeton University Art Museum’s Distinguished Curator and Lecturer

The Princeton University Art Museum announced the appointment of Ronni Baer as the next Allen R. Adler, class of 1967, distinguished curator and lecturer. A scholar of Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish art and of the history of collecting, Baer has served as the senior curator of European paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, since 2000. She will begin her new position on May 1.

“Ronni Baer is intellectually lively, an inspired scholar and has spent her career in support of the power of the original work of art,” said museum director James Steward. “Ronni will be a passionate teacher, curator and scholar, and we’re delighted to welcome her to Princeton.”

During her tenure at the MFA, Baer has curated exhibitions such as “M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions” (2018); “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” (2015–16); and “Still Life from the MFA, Boston: Tradition and Innovation” (2011–12). Prior to joining the MFA, Baer held curatorial positions at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Frick Collection in New York.

Baer has authored numerous catalogues and scholarly articles, including, most recently, In Search of Major Masters: Boston’s History of Collecting Flemish Baroque Painting, and has taught the history of European art at New York University, Emory University, and the University of Georgia. Commenting on the position, Baer said: “If I could have written the description for my dream job—one combining the opportunity to collaborate on major scholarly exhibitions and to teach at one of the best universities in the world—this would be it.”

The Adler curatorship, which is designed to enhance the museum’s European art and arts education program, was made possible by a $4.5 million gift from Allen Adler, a member of Princeton’s class of 1967, and his wife, Frances Beatty Adler. John Elderfield served as the inaugural Adler distinguished curator; he will step down on April 30.