Truly a Revelation:
Collecting French Moderns at the Brooklyn Museum
Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Lisa Small, Senior Curator of European Art at The Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum was among the earliest American institutions to acquire and exhibit modern French art in the early 20th century. Offering a lively overview of the avant-garde movements that defined modern art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this talk will also explore the evolution of the museum’s collection of works in this “radical tradition.”
Lisa Small was appointed senior curator of European art in 2017 after joining the Brooklyn Museum in 2011 as curator of exhibitions. Most recently, she organized the exhibition and edited the catalogue for Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (2014). She also co-curated the traveling exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950 (2017). Small coordinated the presentations of Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern (2017), The Rise of Sneaker Culture (2015), The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (2013) and Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way (2012). Previously, she was senior curator of exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts, where she coordinated traveling exhibitions, including Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales and Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Prior to joining the AFA, Small was a curator at the Dahesh Museum of Art, where she organized and contributed to catalogues for numerous exhibitions, including Napoleon on the Nile: Soldiers, Artists, and the Rediscovery of Egypt and Fantasy & Faith: The Art of Gustave Doré. Small has taught art history and the history of photography at Hunter College, Brooklyn College and the School of Visual Arts. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, Master of Arts in arts administration from New York University and a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy in art history from City University of New York.