New Acquisitions: In Context
Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Frank Verpoorten, Director and Chief Curator
The Baker Museum
Gisela Carbonell, Director of Curatorial Affairs
The Baker Museum
Join Frank Verpoorten, Director and Chief Curator of The Baker Museum and Gisela Carbonell, Director of Curatorial Affairs for a discussion about the exciting exhibition New Acquisitions: In Context. Following the celebration of The Baker Museum’s 15th anniversary, New Acquisitions presents a remarkable group of works by 20th century American and European artists from the museum’s permanent collection. Important works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly and Fernand Léger are presented with significant works from the museum’s collection. New Acquisitions: In Context presents the vitality and significance of the institution’s collecting mission.
Although museums often receive offers of works of art to be donated, the process of evaluating and selecting works to accession into the collection involves specific criteria that exceed monetary value. The speakers will discuss the importance of a consistent practice of acquisitions for the museum’s collection, the relevance of the works and artists included in this generous gift and the future of the collection.
Frank Verpoorten has over 15 years of experience at cultural institutions and museums in Brussels, Belgium and New York City. Originally from Brussels, Mr. Verpoorten moved to New York City in 2002, where he served in curatorial roles at the Museum of Modern Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Dahesh Museum of Art and, most recently, as Cultural Attaché for the Representation of the Government of Flanders (Belgium) to the US. In his recent role as Cultural Attaché, Mr. Verpoorten oversaw multidisciplinary cultural programming including exhibitions, performing arts initiatives, lectures, musical concerts and a film program.
Mr. Verpoorten attended the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium and received dual master’s degrees in art history and cultural studies. He held research and curatorial positions at the Museum for Musical Instruments and the Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Brussels before moving permanently to New York in 2002. Mr. Verpoorten is fluent in Dutch and French and also speaks advanced German and Spanish.
Joining The Baker Museum in December of 2012, Mr. Verpoorten relocated to Naples with his wife, Rachel, who is an artist, and their two young sons, Elliot and Morgan.
Gisela Carbonell is an art historian and museum curator. Her work focuses on American and European art of the 20th century with a special interest in art and politics. For almost ten years, Carbonell was Professor of Art History and Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and previously Curatorial Assistant at the Krannert Art Museum in Illinois. Carbonell received a BA in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, an MA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.