NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design announced the appointment of Christian Larsen to the position of Windgate Research Curator on Thursday, effective immediately.
In this position, funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Larsen will lead an educational and curatorial partnership between the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center to increase the visibility of craft and design in art history and the contemporary art world. He replaces Elissa Auther who was named deputy director of Curatorial Affairs and chief curator last September.
Larsen brings to MAD more than 20 years of research, writing, curating and teaching experience. His scholarship is grounded in the history of craft and design from the 19nth century through to the present day, with a focus on Latin American architecture and design. Prior to joining MAD, he had been associate curator of Modern Decorative Arts and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (2015–2019), where he organized “Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical” at The Met Breuer (2017). He also served as custodian to one of the most important collections of French Art Deco outside of Paris.
As curator at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, (2013–2015), Larsen’s exhibition and catalog Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern (2015) received an Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Exhibition Award. Previously, he worked as a curatorial assistant in the Architecture and Design Department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, (2000–2008.
Larsen received a B.A. from Amherst College (2000), and earned both an M.A. (2010) and an M.Phil (2013) in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center, where he is a doctoral candidate.