The Art Institute of Chicago announced today that Colin C. Mackenzie will be its new curator of Chinese art. Since 2009, McKenzie has been senior curator of Chinese art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to working there, he was curator and head of department of Asian art at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, associate director and curator of Asian art at the Asia Society in New York, and a curator of Asian art and adjunct professor at Middlebury College in Vermont.
“I am thrilled at the prospect of joining this great institution. For many years, I have admired the Art Institute of Chicago’s extraordinary holdings of Chinese art, particularly the Buckingham Collection of bronzes, the Sonnenschein Collection of archaic jades, the peerless Chinese ceramics, and the superb Buddhist sculpture,” Mackenzie said in a statement.
Mackenzie has helped organize various exhibitions, including “Inside Out: New Chinese Art,” “Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China, 4th–7th Century,” and “Asian Games: The Art of Contest.”