The Art Institute of Chicago announced that Gloria Groom has been named the chair of the museum’s European Painting and Sculpture department. She will now oversee the museum’s collection of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, early 19th-century, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist art.
Groom, who is also currently the Art Institute’s David and Mary Winton Green Curator, is known best for her work related to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and has written about the work of Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard. In 2013, the same year she was named the Art Institute’s first senior curator, Groom curated the museum’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” show, which also went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Groom currently has two shows about Post-Impressionism planned for the Art Institute: “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms,” slated for 2016, and “Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist.”
Groom joined the Art Institute as a research assistant in 1984 and has been there ever since. In 1988, she was named the David and Mary Winton Green curator, a title she will continue to hold as she takes on her new position as the chair of the department.
“I am honored and thrilled to be taking the helm of this exceptional collection that I love so much, and to be working with the strong curatorial talent in the department, colleagues for whom I have such great respect,” Groom said in a statement. “Now, with my expanded brief, I am particularly excited that we have so many platforms to tell the rich stories of European art over the centuries: in our re-imagined galleries, of course, but also in our publications, both print and online, and with new digital initiatives. I will lead our department to continue inspiring our loyal visitors and also to seek new ways to build a compelling, inclusive visitor experience for members of the public who may be less familiar with European art and culture.”