The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York has announced that Kim Conaty will be joining its curatorial department as the new Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints. Currently a curator at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Conaty will take up the post in July.
“Since our opening downtown, the Whitney’s deep and distinguished holdings of drawings and prints have played an unusually central role in our collection displays, both enlivening and challenging traditional narratives of American art history,” Scott Rothkopf, chief curator and deputy director for programs, said. “In so many ways, Kim is a natural fit for the Whitney and the perfect curator to take this work forward. Her commitment to living artists is matched by a wealth of scholarship; her expertise in works on paper is informed by inventive multidisciplinary thinking; and her passion for collection stewardship is complemented by a deep regard for museum audiences.”
During her tenure at the Rose Art Museum, Conaty has curated several contemporary art exhibitions including “Sharon Lockhart / Noa Eshkol” (2016), “David Shrigley: Life Model II” (2016), “Tommy Hartung: King Solomon’s Mines” (2017), and “Collection at Work” (2017), which turns one of the museum’s galleries into a publicly accessible active work space for cataloguing, digitization, and conservation initiatives. Between 2008 and 2015, Conaty served as assistant curator of drawings and prints at New York’s MoMA. Previously, she was a biennial coordinator for the 2008 Whitney Biennial, following previous posts as a curatorial intern and researcher at the institution. Conaty earned her master’s degree from Williams College and her Ph.D. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.