Careers in Art Museums

Erin Hogan (PhD'99, UChicago), Moderator, Head of Interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago

Erin Hogan is the Head of Interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago, which is a newly created position at the museum devoted to the collaborative production of interpretive content for the museum's permanent collection and special exhibitions. Working with curators, museum educators, and various departments across the museum, Erin will be working to develop a consistent approach to content and voice throughout the museum; reworking institutional practices to foster greater creativity; and experimenting and testing the efficacy of different models of communication with visitors, both in-gallery and online.

Joy Beckman (PhD'06, UChicago), Director of the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College

Joy Beckman received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago in 2006. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of art and art history at Beloit College, and is director of Beloit College's Wright Museum of Art. Research interests include ancient Chinese art and museum studies.  Recent publications include, "Faculty and Student Curators" in Academic Museums: Campus and Community, 2012, and "The Meaning of Material," Antiquity Fall, 2013.

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, (PhD'96, UChicago), Curator of African Art and Department Head, Arts of Africa and the Americas, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers is Curator of African Art and Head of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), which he joined in 2008. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from The University of Chicago in 1996, and wrote his dissertation on contemporary belief systems of the Zande people of Central Africa. He specializes in the art and history of the Central African Ubangi Region, about which he regularly publishes. His re-installation of the African art galleries at the MIA, which opened in November 2013, integrates an open, immersive design with interactive technology. He is currently working on a major traveling exhibition about “Islamic Africa: Art and Architecture,” scheduled for 2016.

Karsten W. Lund (MA'07, UChicago), ‎Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Karsten Lund graduated from MAPH at the University of Chicago in 2007. For two years afterward, from 2007 to 2009, he was the first Collection Research Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Lund has also interned at the Smart Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. At the MCA he has curated two exhibitions, Chicago Works: Heidi Norton and MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol and assisted on numerous others, including solo shows featuring Jimmy Robert, Goshka Macuga, and Martin Creed, and large-scale group exhibitions including The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology and This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. In addition to his work at the museum, Lund continues to realize other curatorial and creative projects independently and is active as an art writer and essayist.

Christina Yu (PhD'11, UChicago), Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Christina Yu joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2011. In addition to the installation and rotation of LACMA’s Chinese art galleries, she is co-curating the exhibition Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections, which opens in May 2013. In addition, she is organizing the first international exhibition of Tantric Buddhist art in China, and a retrospective of the Japanese-American artist Shusaku Arakawa. Prior to joining LACMA, she oversaw curatorial programs at Chambers Fine Art, New York and Beijing, and worked in art institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan.

Her research interests include traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, China’s contacts with border lands, and contemporary Asian art. Her publications cover a wide range of topics on Chinese art, and have appeared in journals and exhibition catalogues. She also guest lectures at colleges and universities regularly. Christina received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her MA from Boston University, and her PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago (2011).