Curators at PEM

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Curators at PEM

Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art

Austen joined PEM in 2013, following 11 years as an American art curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She launched PEM's new American art program as lead curator for American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, organized by PEM in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. She also edited and contributed to the accompanying publication. American Epics garnered a 2015 award for excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators.

Austen co-curated American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals with the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-edited the accompanying catalogue. Next up is Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention, which Austen is coordinating for PEM in collaboration with PEM photo curator Sarah Kennel. Austen and PEM curator Dan Finamore are currently developing In American Waters, an exhibition that will explore anew the importance of the sea to American artists.

Austen received her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is Co-Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art, on the board of directors for Historic Salem Inc., and a member of the Public Art Commission for the City of Salem. Follow @austenbailly on Instagram.

Karina H. Corrigan, The H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art

Corrigan's interests center on the material culture of global connections. She serves as PEM's H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art and oversees the largest, most comprehensive public collection of art made in China, Japan and India for export to other cultures.

Corrigan received a BA in Art History and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College, an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Corrigan lectures and publishes on many aspects of Asian export art and has organized eight exhibitions drawn from PEM's notable collections including Taj Mahal, the Building of a Legend, Ebony and Ivory: Furniture from British India and Ceylon and Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China. She served as the Coordinating Curator for PEM's nationally traveling exhibition Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection in 2011 and curated the recent exhibition Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, which PEM co-organized with the Rijksmuseum. Follow @asianexportart on Instagram.

Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History

Finamore has organized more than 15 exhibitions of American and European painting and decorative arts at PEM. He holds a BA from Vassar College where he studied Anthropology and Art History, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University where he studied Archaeology. He has conducted extensive archaeological field research in Belize and elsewhere, and was awarded a prize from the Society of American Archaeology for an outstanding doctoral dissertation. Finamore has received grants from a diverse range of funders for his research and exhibition projects, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He has written over 40 articles and chapters for academic and popular publications, and is the author and/or editor of five books, including Capturing Poseidon: Photographic Encounters with the Sea, Maritime History as World History and Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea. He is curating the 2017 traveling exhibition Ocean Liners: Modernism and Glamour, co-organized with the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition is about the cultural and aesthetic ideals of these majestic sea-faring vessels as symbols of progressive style, providing a model for new ways of living, while also capturing the imagination of artists, engineers and architects.

Finamore is also a director of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, an honorary member of the Salem Marine Society and has served on the executive council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, the U.S. National Committee of the Census of Marine Life and as a director of the Council of American Maritime Museums. He was a 2011 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership.

Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture

Kramer's longstanding commitment to innovative approaches to indigenous art and culture, and her broad experiences working with Native artists, scholars, communities and other stakeholders help shape the museum's ambitious program in Native American and Oceanic art and culture, including the growth of its collection, its sensitive presentation and its ongoing interpretation and preservation. Over the past 20 years, Kramer helped produce ten major exhibitions on Native American art and culture at PEM. More recently, she curated Native Fashion Now, a nationally traveling, groundbreaking exhibition celebrating contemporary Native American fashion from the 1950s to today, and the paradigm-shifting Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art which dismantled stereotypes and explored concepts of change, worldview, and politics in historical and contemporary Native art.

Kramer directs PEM's innovative Native American Fellowship program, which provides training for rising Native American leaders in the museum, cultural and academic sectors. Kramer served as President, Vice-President, and as board member for the Native American Art Studies Association from 2003 to 2015. She worked on three inaugural exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and for National NAGPRA. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology from George Washington University, and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Denver.

Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art

Lahikainen has served as Curator of the department of American Decorative Arts since its formation in 1992 at the time of the merger of the Essex Institute and the Peabody Museum of Salem. Previously, he held various positions at the Essex Institute including Director of Museums and Public Programs and Chief Curator, after working at the Museum of American Textile History, Syracuse University Art Collection and the Lexington Historical Society. Most recently Lahikainen curated In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould and Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection. He has also directed the restoration of the museum's Gardner-Pingree House; the neoclassical parlor in the Peirce-Nichols House and recently helped oversee the restoration of the Ropes Mansion.

Lahikainen earned an M.A. in American art history from Syracuse University and has studied at Winterthur and the Attingham Summer School in England. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S. and is the author of numerous articles and exhibition catalogues, including articles published in Antiques and American Furniture.

Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense

Smith leads PEM's Present Tense initiative, PEM's contemporary art program, which celebrates the central role that creative expression plays in shaping our world today. The Present Tense initiative engages leading creative agents and thinkers to cultivate innovative experiences fueled by the intersection of cultures, disciplines and technologies. At PEM, Smith has curated exhibitions of internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists, including Nick Cave, CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot, Susan Philipsz and Charles Sandison. Most recently, Smith organized the national tour of the acclaimed exhibition, Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.

Prior to joining PEM in 2008, Smith was Curator in Residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Smith was previously based in Australia where he worked on the Biennale of Sydney, served as Director of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Smith has produced more than 50 exhibitions and has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Follow @presenttense99 on Instagram.

Daisy Yiyou Wang, Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art

Joining PEM in 2013, Wang oversees the museum's Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections. Prior to this appointment, she served as Chinese Art Specialist at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where she contributed to a number of exhibitions, including Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan (2011), and the artist Cai Guo-Qiang's Explosion Event on the National Mall (2012). Wang's publications cover topics ranging from Buddhist art to contemporary art and the history of collecting Chinese art. Wang is working on a major traveling exhibition with the Palace Museum in Beijing about women in the Forbidden City.

With the goal of sharing the best practices and developing new partnerships, Wang founded the American Alliance of Museums' China Program, the largest annual US-China museum professional exchange program. Wang was a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral fellow, a Getty Museum Leadership Fellow and a grant reviewer for the Getty Research Institute and the Smithsonian. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Ohio University, and her M.A. in English Literature and her B.A. in International Law and Affairs from the University of International Relations in Beijing.

Sarah Kennel, The Byrne Family Curator of Photography

Kennel joined PEM in 2015, following a nine-year curatorial tenure at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she helped oversee the National Gallery's photography collection and managed an active exhibition program. In 2013, Kennel won first prize from the Association of Art Museum Curators for an essay on Charles Marville, a little-known French photographer who captured rapid and dramatic change in 19th-century Paris. She organized the related exhibition, Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kennel holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Princeton University. She is coordinating an upcoming exhibition of Samuel F. B. Morse's 1833 grand work Gallery of the Louvre and curating a major traveling exhibition of Sally Mann's work, to be co-organized with the National Gallery of Art. Follow @sarah_kennel on Instagram.

Paula Bradstreet Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research

Since 2009, Richter has been responsible for curatorial research and support of the museum's changing exhibition program, related publications and core activities within the curatorial department. She has participated on exhibition teams for more than a dozen recent and upcoming exhibitions and numerous gallery installations and rotations.

Previously serving as the Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Richter organized the exhibitions, Wedded Bliss, the Marriage of Art and Ceremony and Painted with Thread: the Art of American Embroidery and accompanying publications. She was the coordinating curator for the traveling exhibitions, Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel and American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840. For the 2003 PEM expansion project, Richter developed the gallery installation, Transforming Tradition: Arts of New England. She formerly served as PEM's Assistant Curator for American Decorative Art and as the Registrar for the Essex Institute. During her tenure at PEM, Richter has worked on diverse projects including major collections moves and cataloging projects; textile conservation projects; historic house restoration and reinterpretation; exhibition-related symposia and programs; film and integrated media projects.

Richter formerly worked for the Cape Ann Historical Association, the Sargent House Museum and Landmark College. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Richter writes and lectures on American textiles and fashion, and New England art and decorative arts.

Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art & Nature Center

Winchell has been the director of PEM's Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center since its founding in 2003. She started at PEM in 1992 as curator of the Natural History collection and led development of the museum's original Art & Nature Center, as well as the newly revamped and expanded Center that opened in 2013. Winchell has curated more than 10 popular interactive/interdisciplinary shows for PEM, including Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art, Branching Out: Trees as Art, Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations, Eye Spy: Playing with Perception, Trash Menagerie, and Origami Now! She is currently working on Lunar Attractions, a 2016 exhibition that features artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon. Her research and writings have been published in scientific journals, technical memoranda, museum catalogs and the popular press. She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, and two graduate degrees: an M.S. in Science Communication and an M.A. in Biology, both from Boston University. Follow @janeywinchell on Instagram.

Associate and Assistant Curators

Sarah Chasse, Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Research

Chasse has over 10 years of curatorial experience at the Peabody Essex Museum contributing to many projects including Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style; Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection; Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India After Independence and American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.

Chasse's interests are in American and European decorative arts and design, early 20th century American art, and the history of interiors, collecting and museums. She earned her BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, with a focus on art history and material culture. Before coming to PEM she worked at the Shelburne Museum and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Follow @sass1837 on Instagram.

Gordon Wilkins, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research

Wilkins joined PEM in 2015. He worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, as well as a Curatorial/Registration Department Intern at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art. He has also been a visiting student at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris as well as an intern at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture in Paris, where he worked on a major Wyeth Family exhibition.

Wilkins received his BA in Art History summa cum laude from Hamilton College, writing his senior thesis on Marsden Hartley and the marketing of Maine. He earned his MA in Art History from the University of Chicago, where his thesis examined the construction of a Maine folk in fine and vernacular art during the 1930s. His current research interests include ethnographic photography, colonial exhibition practices and issues of race and identity in New England. Follow @gordonwilkins on Instagram.

Shoshana Resnikoff, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research

Prior to coming to PEM in 2015, Resnikoff worked as a Curatorial Associate at the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, where she contributed to the major traveling exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. She has also held the position of Collections Fellow at the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research at Cranbrook Art Museum, where she curated exhibitions and served as a contributing author and assistant editor on the exhibition catalogue My Brain is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process.

Resnikoff earned her MA at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware in 2012 and her BA in American Studies at Emory University in 2008. Her research interests include costume history, 20th century design, and contemporary art and craft. Follow @shoshanaresnikoff on Instagram.