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July 26, 2018

University of Michigan Museum of Art Names Vera Grant to New Curatorial Post

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN—The University of Michigan Museum of Art has appointed Vera Grant to the newly created position of deputy directory of curatorial affairs and curator of modern art. Beginning, September 4, Grant will oversee contemporary and historic exhibitions and manage the museum’s collections, publications, and conservation programs.

“Vera Grant has exceptional experience, intellectual range, an immersive approach to visual culture and commitment to broad public dialogue, and underrepresented voices and perspectives,” said UMMA director Christina Olsen. “She is the perfect creative partner to join us in shaping the museum’s future, and I look forward to working with her to develop exciting new ways to engage the entire university and our broader public.”

Grant comes to UMMA from the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, which she has directed since 2012 and where, in 2017, she curated the exhibition Harlem: Found Ways. She has also served as executive director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard and associate director of the African and African American studies program at Stanford University.

Grant is the author of numerous publications on race and visuality and holds a master of arts in modern European history from Stanford and bachelors from City College of New York. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg and a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, the Studio Museum Harlem, and the Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation.

“I am excited to come to UMMA and to activate the museum’s remarkable collections and develop an ambitious slate of exhibitions, programs, and publications that engage the defining issues and ideas of our time,” Grant said.

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