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Staff List

Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, joined the department in 2006 as an exhibition assistant for Jasper Johns: Gray (2008). He organized three recent Roof Garden Commissions for Pierre Huyghe (2015), Dan Graham and Günter Vogt (2014), and Imran Qureshi (2013), as well as the installation of William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (2013). His upcoming projects include retrospectives for Kerry James Marshall (2016) and Marisa Merz (2017). Before The Met, he was a graduate curatorial fellow and curatorial assistant at New York University's Grey Art Gallery. He has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and completed his qualifying exams for a PhD at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in 2006. Follow him on Instagram.

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Tony Askin, Supervising Departmental Technician, has been with the department since 1984, having worked to install the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing when it was inaugurated. He has remained steadfast through the department's various incarnations as Twentieth-Century Art, Modern Art, Nineteenth-Century Modern and Contemporary Art, and now Modern and Contemporary Art.
Kelly Baum, Curator, received her PhD from the University of Delaware in 2005. She has held curatorial positions at the Princeton University Art Museum (2008–2015), the Blanton Museum of Art at University of Texas at Austin (2000–5), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1998–2000). She has organized dozens of exhibitions, including Carol Bove (2006), Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space (2010), Doug Aitken: migration (empire) (2010), and New Jersey as Non-Site (2013), for which she received a Warhol Curatorial Research Fellowship. Her writing has been widely published in journals such as October and Art Journal as well as anthologies like Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics.

Selected Publications:

  • Baum, Kelly, and Beatriz Colomina. New Jersey as Non-Site. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum, 2013.
  • Baum, Kelly, and Yates McKee. Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000–2010. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum, 2010.
  • Baum, Kelly, Hal Foster, Susan Stewart, and Eleanor Stoltzfus. Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum, 2014.
Meredith A. Brown, Research Associate, first joined the department as the 2013–2014 Chester Dale Senior Fellow, conducting research for a book project on feminist politics and American art institutions in the 1970s. In her current role, she helps organize exhibitions of contemporary art, including The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe (2015) and the first major American retrospective of painter Kerry James Marshall (2016). She also researches art for acquisition to the collection. A graduate of Stanford University, Meredith received her MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Catherine Burns, Collections Management Associate, joined The Met in 2015. She is primarily responsible for coordinating acquisitions for the department. She also works closely with the curators and collections management staff on departmental loans and special exhibitions. She holds a BA in Art History and German from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master's certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from The George Washington University. Prior to joining The Met, she worked for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as well as The Morgan Library and Museum.
Iria Candela, Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, joined The Met in September 2014. Previously, she was curator of International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she organized or contributed to exhibitions such as Malevich (2014), Mira Schendel (2013), Gabriel Orozco (2011), and Van Doesburg & the International Avant-Garde (2010). She received her PhD from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and MA from Columbia University. Author of Art in Latin America. 1990–2010 (Tate, 2013) and of other books and essays, her research interests embrace transhistorical and cross-cultural projects that offer new perspectives on modern and contemporary art.
Mary Chan, Collections Specialist, joined The Met in 2005, originally in the Department of European Paintings, with the primary responsibility of cataloguing 19th- and early 20th-century paintings. She has worked in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art since 2012, overseeing the research and documentation of the permanent collection for The Met's online collection. Prior to The Met, she worked in the Department of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She holds a BA in Art History from Vassar College and an MA from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
Clare Davies, Assistant Curator of Middle Eastern, North African, and Turkish Art, has contributed to a wide range of research, programming, and archival projects related to art and photography in the Middle East since serving as associate curator of the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo between 2004 and 2006. She completed her doctoral dissertation on Egyptian modern art at the New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, and was subsequently awarded the inaugural Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies. She is the co-author of Robert Morris, Object Sculpture: 1960–65 (Yale UP, 2014) and has published regularly on contemporary art from the Arab world.
Jeff Elliott, Senior Departmental Technician, has been with the department since 2006, and is an artist.
Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, trained as an architect and received her MSc in History of Architecture from University College London. Her curatorial work focuses on spatial practices across architecture, design, film, photography, art, and public space. She curated Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects (2015) and the 2016 Roof Garden Commission, Cornelia Parker: Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), and initiated the lecture series In Our Time. Before joining The Met, Beatrice was chief curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and co-curator of the 2011 Gwangju Biennale and 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale. She has held editorial positions at a number of international architecture and design publications.
Lindsay Ganter, Assistant for Administration, joined the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art in April 2015. She is responsible for maintaining the Research Center's microsite, and works closely with the curator in charge on programming and other ongoing projects. Lindsay supports the Leonard A. Lauder Fellows throughout their two-year residencies at the Museum and assists with various other administrative tasks. A graduate of the University of Richmond, she holds an MA from the New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
Randall R. Griffey, Associate Curator, organized the project Reimagining Modernism: 1900–1950, a comprehensive reinterpretation of European and American modern painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and design. Since arriving at The Met in 2013, he has also co-curated Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered (2014). Among his publications are "Marsden Hartley's Aryanism: Eugenics in a Finnish‐Yankee Sauna" in American Art (Smithsonian Institution) and "Reconsidering 'The Soil': The Stieglitz Circle, Regionalism, and Cultural Eugenics in the 1920s" in the Brooklyn Museum catalogue that accompanied the exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties (2011).
Christel Hollevoet-Force, Associate Research Curator, joined the department in 2005. She held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (1990–99), the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program (1992), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2000), and spearheaded MoMA's Provenance Research Project (2001–5). At The Met, Christel contributed to catalogues dedicated to Henri Matisse (2013), Alfred Stieglitz (2011), and Pablo Picasso (2010), among others. She lectures frequently, is a founding member of TIAMSA, and is on the steering committee of the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program for Museum Professionals (2017–19). She graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Licence), McGill University (MA), and The Graduate Center, CUNY (PhD).
Cynthia Iavarone, Collections Manager, is responsible for the care and organization of the department's permanent collection. In her current role, she facilitates all activities related to the galleries of The Met's Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, as well as storage, in-house installations, and outgoing loans. She also manages the department's technicians and collections management associates. Cynthia received her BFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art and MFA from Columbia University.
Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator of South Asian Art, is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. His recent exhibitions include Companionable Silences (2013) at the Palais de Tokyo and film programs for the Dhaka Art Summit, the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, and Tate Modern. His books include Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design, Outsider Films on India: 1950–1990, and Chandigarh is in India. He has published widely in various art journals and is a contributing editor for Frieze Magazine. Jhaveri is a trustee of the non-profit public space Mumbai Art Room.
Brinda Kumar, Assistant Curator, joined the Museum in 2015. She worked on Nasreen Mohamedi (2016), one of the inaugural exhibitions at The Met Breuer, and was also part of the team working on the exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (2016). Her responsibilities have extended to research on artists, collections, acquisitions, and exhibitions. She received her PhD in Art History from Cornell University, where her dissertation focused on the history of collecting Indian art in America in the 20th century. She completed her BFA at the College of Art, New Delhi, and MA at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Rebecca Kusovitsky, Associate for Administration, has been with The Met since 2007 and joined the department in 2012. She provides day-to-day support for the chairman of the department and oversees other administrative duties for the department. She received her BA in Art and Art History from Colgate University and MA in Art History from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
Christian Larsen, Associate Curator of Modern Decorative Arts and Design, joined The Met in 2015. While curator at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University (2013–15), his exhibition and catalogue Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern (2015) received an Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Exhibition Award. As a former curator in the Architecture & Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art (2000–8), he organized several exhibitions, including Ateliers Jean Prouvé (2008), 50 Years of Helvetica (2007), and Digitally Mastered: Recent Acquisitions from the Museum's Collection (2006). He received a BA from Amherst College (2000) and an MA (2010), MPhil (2013), and expected PhD (2017) from the Bard Graduate Center. He has published and lectured widely.
Sally King McBride, Associate Manager of Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, manages the department's donor groups and related programming, including The Modern Circle and the Visiting Committee. She is the primary point of contact between the Leonard A. Lauder Chairman and the Development Office, and facilitates cultivation opportunities among the curatorial team. Sally graduated from Brown University with a BA in the history of art and architecture, and subsequently earned her MA in Art History at Columbia University under The Met's sponsorship. She has been at the Museum since 2007, including positions in the American Wing and the Director's Office.
Mary Clare McKinley, Assistant Curator, was a member of the curatorial team for Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection (2014), Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932–1947 (2013), The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde (2012), and Matisse: In Search of True Painting (2012). She also helped launch the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art and create its microsite in 2014. In addition to her departmental responsibilities, she continues to support the Research Center's programming, particularly its exhibition and research activities. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, and holds a doctorate from The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Emily Misencik, Assistant for Administration, joined the department in 2015. She works closely with the associate for administration and provides daily support for the department. She received a BA in Art History and English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining The Met, she worked at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut.
Sandie Peters, Principal Departmental Technician, has worked at The Met for the past 26 years. She is also an artist who primarily creates in oils and glass. Her artwork has been on display in numerous Met employee art exhibitions, and has also been featured at an uptown Tea Room for several years. She was featured in the documentary "Hidden Treasures of the Met," where she talked about one of her greatest inspirations, Jean Dupas' Normandie Panels.
Sabine Rewald, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Curator of Modern Art, has organized numerous exhibitions, including Humor and Fantasy: The Berggruen Paul Klee Collection (2016), Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations (2013), Rooms with a View: The Open Window in 19th Century Art (2011), Glitter and Doom: Germany Portraits of the 1920s (2006), Max Ernst: A Retrospective (2005), and Caspar David Friedrich: Moonwatchers (2001). She is the author of several collection catalogues, including Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection and The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection: The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection. She received her PhD from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.

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Tina Rivers Ryan, Research Assistant, joined the department after completing a 2014–15 Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship at the Museum. She is currently working on two major exhibitions planned for The Met Breuer, as well as the reinstallation of the permanent collection (2016). An active critic and historian, she has published her work in magazines such as Art Journal, Art in America, and Artforum, as well as in several scholarly books; her main focus is on the history of new media art. She graduated from Harvard University (BA), the University of California, Irvine (MA), and Columbia University (MA, MPhil, and PhD).
Brooks Shaver, Senior Departmental Technician.
Pari Stave, Senior Administrator, joined the department in 2013. She works closely with the department chairman, as well as curatorial and administrative staff within the department and across the Museum, on exhibition planning and development, acquisitions, collections care, staffing, and budget. Prior to joining The Met, she was a consulting curator for the American-Scandinavian Foundation, where she curated and organized several exhibitions on Scandinavian modern and contemporary art.
Rebecca Tilghman, Collections Management Associate, has been with the department since 2008. She works primarily on the outgoing loan program, as well as in-house installations, general maintenance of the collection, and other collections-based projects. She received her BA in Art History from Princeton University in 2003 and MA in Modern Art from Columbia University in 2008. Prior to joining the Museum, she worked in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, leads the Museum's program of modern and contemporary art for The Met Breuer and The Met Fifth Avenue. Her remit is to develop an international contemporary exhibition program, including art from across The Met's geographic and historic collections. In the department, she is responsible for building the collection, encompassing painting, sculpture, film, architecture, design, decorative arts, and multi-disciplinary installations. Before joining The Met, Wagstaff was chief curator of Tate Modern, London. Over the course of her career, Wagstaff has worked for the Museum of Modern Art; University of Oxford; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh; and Tate Britain.
Michèle Wijegoonaratna, Research Associate, joined the department in 2005 as the 2006–7 Chester Dale Fellow. She has helped organize exhibitions on European modernism, including Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century (2011) and Glitter and Doom: German Portraits of the 1920s (2006). She is currently working on Humor and Fantasy: The Berggruen Paul Klee Collection (2016) and Max Beckmann in New York (2016). Michèle is a graduate of Bristol University in the UK, and received her MA and PhD from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.