Robin Reisenfeld has joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff as curator of works on paper, Brian Kennedy, CEO, president and director of the Museum, has announced.
Reisenfeld has served as course director of Global Contemporary Art in the master of arts program at Christie’s Education, New York, for the past two years and as a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary art for over a decade. She has designed and taught seminar courses on many subjects including connoisseurship and materials, contemporary conservation issues and the history of modern and contemporary prints. She also has been invited to lecture and provide public programs internationally on modern and contemporary art topics such as today’s global art economy.
“Dr. Reisenfeld stood out among candidates for the position because of her extensive experience in art history and education. With her wide knowledge across time periods of art history and geographic regions, we think she is an excellent addition to our curatorial staff,” Kennedy said.
Reisenfeld earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Chicago and, among other academic grants, was awarded a two-year Kress Foundation fellowship at the Zentralinstitut fur Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Germany, to pursue her doctoral studies in modern German art and the history of prints. Subsequently, she has worked as an associate curator of prints and illustrated books at the Museum of Modern Art where she was responsible for strengthening the German Expressionist print holdings, researching and acquiring works for that institution’s collection of over 42,000 prints.
She also spent a year as director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery and adjunct professor at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she managed gallery operations and developed exhibitions, including the annual student show.
Reisenfeld also has experience as a curator of many independent exhibitions on contemporary art and has written reviews for Sculpture Magazine and the Burlington Magazine. She is the author of the exhibition catalogues, The German Print Portfolio: Serials for a Private Sphere, 1890-1930 and Women’s Work, Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Her scholarly publications include the chapter “Collecting and Collective Memory: German Expressionist Art and Modern Jewish Identity” in Jewish Identity in Modern Art History edited by Catherine Soussloff.
She has served on many art juror panels and is an advisory member on the board of the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University in New York and serves on the board of Triangle Arts Association, an international artists’ residency program.