Siegel was formerly curator-at-large at the Rose Art Museum, where the BMA’s director, Christopher Bedford, used to be director. (The two are set to curate the United States pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, which will feature the work of Mark Bradford.) In addition to her curatorial work, Siegel is also a contributing editor at Artforum and a professor at Stony Brook University.
Siegel’s contributions to scholarship about postwar contemporary art are difficult to understate. Her 2006 show “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975” brought to light a number of artists whose work had previously fallen off the radar, but whose names are familiar to many today, thanks to the show. That exhibition went on to tour America and receive an AICA award. She has continued to focus on this time period, and in October, she, along with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes, will open a show they organized called “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” at the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
“I am pleased and honored to welcome Katy Siegel to the Baltimore Museum of Art,” Beford said in a statement. “As one of the most influential thinkers in the field of postwar art, she will join an already vibrant team at the museum who will work within the institution and beyond its walls to set the BMA’s creative course for the next five to seven years.”