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Endowment from Sackler Family Establishes Brooklyn Museum Curatorial Position

A significant endowment from members of the Sackler family has established the position of Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art of the Brooklyn Museum. The inaugural position will be held by Catherine J. Morris, who has been Curator of the Sackler Center since 2009.

Catherine Morris has been responsible for a wide range of special exhibitions in addition to overseeing the permanent collection for the Sackler Center, which includes The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago on long- term view. Among the exhibitions organized by Morris are Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to “The Ladder,” on view November 22, 2013, through March 16, 2014; the award-winning Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, the first exhibition to explore the impact of that key feminist writer, curator, and activist on the Conceptual art movement; Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin; Lorna Simpson: Gathered; Kiki Smith: Sojourn; “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts; Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864; and Matthew Buckingham: The Spirit and the Letter. Catherine Morris was also the Brooklyn Museum coordinating curator for Eva Hesse: Spectres and Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968. As an independent curator prior to joining the Museum, Morris organized exhibitions that explored issues related to feminism —among them Decoys, Complexes, and Triggers: Women and Land Art in the 1970s at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York. She has authored or contributed to several scholarly publications and catalogues.

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