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The Joslyn Art Museum welcomes a new curator of 20th century art

Kenneth Brumel

Joslyn Art Museum announced the appointment of Kenneth Brummel as Curator of 20th Century Art. Most recently, Brummel served as Associate Curator of Modern Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Canada, where he curated the AGO’s 20th Century Art Collection; organized numerous displays of the permanent collection; and inaugurated its 2017 resettlement campaign, In a hurry, with a suite of new modern art galleries. In 2021-2022 he co-curated with Susan Behrends Frank of The Phillips Collection the highly acclaimed exhibition, Picasso: Painting the Blue Period—enthusiastically reviewed by The Wall Street Journal as a curatorially unmissable exhibition featuring more than 100 objects from fifteen countries. Also in 2021, Brummel organized the AGO presentation of Andy Warhol, a career retrospective co-curated by Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig.

The Joslyn Art Museum has a major expansion and renovation underway, led by international architecture firm Snøhetta in partnership with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture (APMA) of Omaha. Interior Gallery, Joslyn Art Museum. Courtesy of Moare.

Brummel, who started at Joslyn in May, previously held curatorial positions at the Cincinnati Art Museum; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. He holds an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois.

He comments, “I am delighted to join the exceptionally talented staff of the Joslyn Art Museum at this exciting time of growth and change for the institution. The Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion, currently under construction, and the large donation of major paintings and sculptures from the Phillip G. Schrager Collection will significantly raise the national and international profile of the museum, making this an ideal time to serve as curator of the organization. 20th century art.

View of the southeast garden at the Joslyn Art Museum, which is under renovation from May 2022 to 2024. Rendered courtesy of Moare.

Executive Director and CEO of the Joslyn Art Museum, Jack Becker, said, “A published scholar with more than 10 years of relevant curatorial experience, Kenneth is uniquely qualified to create dynamic programs and exhibitions on American art after 1945 for our various audiences. He will continue to deepen his knowledge, to build collections and to mount important exhibitions in the field of modern art in Joslyn. We are delighted to have him on the team. »