Senior Curator, European Art
Lisa Small was appointed Senior Curator, European Art, in 2017, after joining us in 2011 as Curator of Exhibitions. She has organized many exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, including co-curating the upcoming Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley. Most recently, she organized Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper and was one of the coordinating curators of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving. Additionally, she has curated The Brooklyn Della Robbia (2018), Rodin: The Body in Bronze (2017), and Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (2014), and co-curated the traveling exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950 (2017–21). Small also served as coordinating curator for our 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). In previous curatorial positions at the American Federation of Arts and the Dahesh Museum, she organized exhibitions including Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales; Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris; 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 B.A. from Colgate University, an M.A. in arts administration from New York University, and an M.A. and M.Phil in art history from CUNY.