Isolde Brielmaier Named Curator-at-Large for the Tang Teaching Museum
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College today announced the appointment of Isolde Brielmaier as Curator-at-Large. With extensive experience as a curator, scholar, and writer in innovative contemporary art exhibitions and programming, Brielmaier will help develop new approaches for curating, commissioning, developing, and presenting the work of interdisciplinary artists and other cultural producers across platforms. As Curator-at-Large, she will work with the Tang’s team to plan and implement exhibitions and artist projects, produce inventive programs at the Tang and in New York City, expand interdisciplinary research and scholarship, advise the Museum on key acquisitions, and share her expertise with Skidmore faculty, staff, and students.
Brielmaier is currently Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging, and Emerging Media at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and oversees the arts and cultural programming at Westfield World Trade Center. Her previous posts include serving as Chief Curator of the SCAD Museum of Art, as well as developing and managing programs at Prospect 3 New Orleans, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum. Based in New York City with regular visits to the Tang, Isolde joins the staff in early November 2016.
“Isolde brings with her a deep knowledge of the art world, a global awareness, and strong scholarship that will be invaluable as we continue to grow our collection and expand our focus to include a broad range of artists and types of programming,” said Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Museum. “We’re very excited to welcome Isolde to the Tang.”
“The Tang Museum is a leader in presenting experimental and ambitious exhibitions, and I’m excited about this opportunity to work with the Museum, and with the students, faculty, and staff at Skidmore College,” said Isolde Brielmaier. “The team at the Tang understands the role art can play in parsing out contemporary issues, and has a track record of opening conversations about these issues through a range of different programs. I am very much looking forward to building upon its great history of innovation and creativity.”
Among Brielmaier's duties will be to collaborate with Berry and the Tang Museum team on realizing critical aspects of the College’s $1.2-million Mellon Foundation initiative to strengthen the ways the Museum uses its collection to explore issues of identity and race, and to support interdisciplinary research in this area. The initiative aims to expand scholarship and access to works by contemporary artists of color in the Museum’s collection by enhancing the digital archive, bringing visiting artists and scholars to Skidmore, and forging educational partnerships with other colleges and universities.
Over half of the exhibitions at the Tang Museum have spotlighted traditionally underrepresented artists, including a recent survey of works by abstract painter Alma Thomas and an upcoming exhibition of work by artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The Museum’s diversity and collections initiative expands the Tang's commitment to bringing the work of diverse artists working in various media to the public, scholars, and the arts community, and serves to advance Skidmore’s liberal arts mission. The initiative will serve as a national model for fostering inclusion and critical discussions through the arts.