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Karina H. Corrigan

Karina H. Corrigan, Associate Director - Collections, 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 Associate Director of Collections and The H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art. In her curatorial practice she oversees the largest, most comprehensive public collection of art made in China, Japan and South Asia for export to other cultures. In her role as Associate Director of Collections, Corrigan explores new ways to celebrate the museum’s rich and storied collection by spearheading new research, enhancing access through increased documentation, digitization, and display, and providing guidance for acquisitions.

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 Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global, Taj Mahal, the Building of a Legend, 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 exhibition Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, which PEM co-organized with the Rijksmuseum. Corrigan received a 2019 Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators for her work on PEM’s Asian Export Art gallery. Follow @asianexportart on Instagram.