Lecture Presented by:
Curator, Posing Modernity Exhibition
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University
Exhibition On view at Wallach Gallery until February 2019
Lecture to take place at the League’s Gallery
215 West 57th Street
Denise Murrell is the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and Curator of the Wallach’s exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, based on the dissertation for her 2014 Columbia PhD. She earned two other degrees from Columbia: a master’s in 2004 and an M.Phil in 2010. She is also the author of the exhibition’s catalogue, published by Yale University Press. She is co-curator of an expanded version of the exhibition, titled Le Modèle Noir de Géricault à Matisse, to be shown at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, in spring 2019, and is an essayist in the Modèle Noir exhibition catalogue.
Committed in her scholarship to expanding diversity within the curatorial field and academic art history, and to developing exhibition programs that introduce overlooked narratives to new and broader museum audiences, Murrell was a dissertation fellow at Columbia’s Reid Hall in Paris, held a Mellon predoctoral fellowship at the Princeton University Art Museum, has taught the course Masterpieces of Western Art at Columbia, and has been a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.