Interim Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator, Decorative Arts
Before joining us as Senior Curator, Decorative Arts, Catherine Futter was at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, for almost eighteen years. While there, she held the positions of Director, Curatorial Affairs, and Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts. Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and earned her doctorate from Yale University, where her focus was American decorative arts.
Catherine has curated a number of permanent collection installations of European and American art as well as numerous exhibitions, including the international loan exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939, which was accompanied by an award-winning catalogue, and contemporary design and decorative arts exhibitions such as Resting Places, Living Spaces: Designs by Michael Cross and Forever: Clare Twomey. A generalist in the history of design and decorative arts, Catherine’s scholarly focus is on transcultural connections and nineteenth-century decorative arts. She is now working on re-examining decorative arts to reveal inequities in their creation and ownership.