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Katy Siegel

Distinguished Professor
Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art

Areas of SpecializationPostwar and Contemporary European and American Art, Material and Social Histories, Curatorial Studies

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4217

Katy Siegel is the inaugural Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art. Siegel is also Senior Curator for Research and Programming at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Siegel’s scholarly and curatorial interests are focused on the intersection of material and social being/making. Her most recent book is the exhibition catalog Joan Mitchell(Yale University Press & SFMOMA, November 2021); the exhibition, co-curated with Sarah Roberts, opens Fall 2021 at SFMOMA and is traveling to the BMA and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2022. Other exhibitions (with accompanying catalogs) include Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, co-curated with Kelly Baum, at the BMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Houston MFA; Tomorrow Is Another Day, Mark Bradford’s presentation in the American Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, co-curated with Christopher Bedford; and Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, co-curated with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes at the Haus der Kunst, Munich.

Siegel’s other books include "The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler, Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art, which details the collision of American social history with European modernist models, and Abstract Expressionism. She has written widely on contemporary and modern art; her recent research topics include artists Mary Lovelace O’Neal and Toshiko Takaezu. Siegel serves on the Advisory Committee for the African-American Archive Initiative at the Getty Research Institute. She is Contributing Editor at Artforum and a member of the Editorial Board at The Brooklyn Rail; from 2010-2013 she was the Editor in Chief of Art Journal.