The Museum of Modern Art has appointed Leah Dickerman as the first Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture. The position was recently established with an endowment from Hess, a museum trustee since 2002.
The appointment acknowledges Dickerman’s many accomplishments as an art historian and curator in the MoMA’s department of painting and sculpture since 2008.
From 1997 to 2000, she served as assistant professor of art history at Stanford, and has also taught at Princeton and the University of Delaware. Prior to joining MoMA, Dickerman served as acting head of the department of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C.
Among the exhibitions she has curated are “Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925” (2012–2013), “Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art” (2011–2012), “Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity” (2009–2010), “Dada” (2005–2006), and “Aleksandr Rodchenko” (1998).
Currently, Dickerman’s exhibition projects include “One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works,” opening on April 3, which she co-organized with Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, in collaboration with Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and a retrospective of the work of Robert Rauschenberg (2016–2017), which she’s co-organizing with Tate.