Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art
Kimberly Orcutt joined us in May 2016 as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. Before her appointment to the Brooklyn Museum, Orcutt was the Mellon Curator at Large for American Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She also served as the Henry Luce Foundation Curator of American Art at the New-York Historical Society and has held curatorial positions at the Harvard Art Museums and the Bruce Museum in Connecticut.
Orcutt organized and contributed to numerous exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, including the award-winning The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution; Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York; and John Rogers: American Stories. She was also Manager of the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture and is a former chair of the Association of Historians of American Art.
Orcutt has written and lectured extensively on American art of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. She coedited and contributed three essays to The Armory Show at 100 catalogue, which received the Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue award from the Victorian Society of New York and the Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts from the New York State Historical Society. In 2017, her book Power and Posterity: American Art at Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition will be published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.
She received her B.A. in art history from Hope College in Michigan and her Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.