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Sunday Gathering: Catherine Futter, Ph.D., Nelson-Atkins Curator

February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Doors open at 10:30 am for coffee and conversation.
Sunday Gathering begins at 11 a.m.
Child care is provided. Everyone is welcome!
Program ends at 12:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Catherine Futter, Ph.D., Director, Curatorial Affairs, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Community Moment: Guy Neiderhauser
Musical Guest: Clearly Guilty

Catherine L. Futter was appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs in January 2016. Prior to that, she was The Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts and The Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Senior Curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts. She has completed several reinstallation projects for the museum as well as a major international loan traveling exhibition, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851–1939, and several contemporary art and design exhibitions. Catherine has a B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Duke University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. Her dissertation was on the 19th century New York interior decorating and furniture manufacturing firm of Herter Brothers. Although Catherine is a generalist in the field of decorative arts, her specialization is in American and European decorative arts from 1850 to the present. She has focused on the interaction between different cultures and their influence on the decorative arts from the 15th century to the present.

Catherine’s investigation of the cross-cultural influences on the decorative arts has led to the publication of “Chinoiserie in Northern Italy – Japanned Decoration in a Rare Eighteenth-century Piedmontese Gabinetto in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,” in Furniture History and the essay “The Federation of Mankind: Cross-Cultural Influences in the Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs” and co-editor with Jason T. Busch of the catalogue Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851–1939. Catherine has curated contemporary design and decorative arts exhibitions: Resting Places Living Things: Designs by Michael Cross; Forever; an installation by British ceramic artist Clare Twomey; and The Future of Yesterday: Photographs of Architectural Remains of World’s Fairs, sculptural photographs by Belgian artist Ives Maes. She has taught the history of European and American decorative arts 1750 to the present at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, as an undergraduate and graduate course and lectured extensively on decorative arts.

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February 19, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Tony Aguirre Community Center
2050 W Pennway St
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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