What do you do at the DIA?

I am the Rebecca A. Boylan and Thomas W. Sidlik Curator of European Art, 1850-1970. I am one of the curators that oversees our collection of modern European painting, sculpture, and decorative art, or, as I like to say, art from Monet to Dubuffet. I’ve been at the DIA for four years.

What is your background?

I’ve worked in museums in various capacities—as a volunteer, intern, research assistant, research associate, curator—for 20 years. I went to Northwestern University for undergrad and the University of Chicago for my MA and PhD.

What is your favorite piece at the DIA and why?
Jill Shaw

That’s a hard one, because I have a few. Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure is a particular favorite of mine. I love the scale of it and that the artist directly carved it out of wood and let the material dictate its form. I also love that every angle is different as you walk around it and that it is (at least to my eyes!) simultaneously a figure and a landscape. 

What's your favorite DIA exhibition or project that you have worked on?

Monet: Framing Life will always be a special exhibition for me since it was my first one at the DIA. It was a great collaborative project, and I think we all learned a lot.

Lastly, tell us a fun fact!

I love bunnies and bad (and good!) television.

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