MMoCA Appoints Senior Curator
MADISON, WI—Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Reisenfeld as the Museum’s Senior Curator. In this role, Reisenfeld will be a critical member of MMoCA’s leadership team, working closely with the Director on implementing strategies to fulfill the Museum’s mission related to its exhibitions. She will be instrumental in helping MMoCA realize its vision as a forum that encourages people to be challenged by, reflect on, and make connections between art and the world around them.
”We are thrilled and honored to have Robin Reisenfeld join MMoCA’s team and the Madison community,” said Christina Brungardt, the Gabriele Haberland Director. “Robin’s extensive experience will be an incredible asset to the Museum and will help shape the future of MMoCA’s exhibition program and collection. Her artist-centered curatorial practice facilitates important conversations around the most pressing issues of our time. In addition, her background in collection development will ensure that MMoCA continues to provide a robust resource for the Madison community that reflects significant directions in modern and contemporary art.”
Reisenfeld is an independent curator and scholar in modern and contemporary art with an expertise in works on paper and photography. Previously she served as an Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and most recently, as Senior Curator, Works on Paper, at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, where she organized eleven exhibitions. These include Picture ID: Contemporary African American Works on Paper; Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Drawing; and Life is A Highway: Art and American Car Culture. In 2022 as an independent curator, she organized Giving VOICE: Native American Printmaking from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, an exhibition at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Reisenfeld has also held leadership positions in higher education, serving as Course Director of Global Contemporary Art for two years and as a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary art for over a decade in the Master of Arts program at Christie’s Education, New York.
Among her professional honors, Reisenfeld was selected in 2018 as the Ford Family Foundation’s annual curator and critic as part of their Connective Conversations Program. In March 2023, she took part in Print Quarterly’s, “London Curating Prints Program,” sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Paper Project Initiative. Reisenfeld publishes widely and received the 2019 Best Exhibition Catalog for Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, awarded by the Ohio Museums Association. She received her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Chicago.
Of her appointment, Reisenfeld said, “MMoCA’s focus on cultural and artistic diversity, along with its innovative exhibitions and dynamic programs, have been on my radar for several years. I am extremely delighted about joining the team and very much look forward to the opportunity to work with the MMoCA staff, its donors, and the broader Madison community to foster a greater awareness of the vital role art and artists play in our complex world.”
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is always admission free. Its vision is to be an organization that fosters the exchange of ideas and creates experiences that will inspire a wide audience; be a nexus for the work of emerging and established regional, national, and international artists; serve as a catalyst for the continued development of a vigorous community of artists; and provide a forum that will encourage people to be challenged by, reflect on, and make connections between art and the world around them. The Museum includes four galleries and The Shop, a space to provide interactive contemporary art experiences and educational workshops to the community.
The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view which serves as a lovely venue for weddings, art openings, and cinema. The adjacent Rooftop lounge is used for community and collaborative art pop-ups, as well as a reception area for Museum events. Please visit mmoca.org to learn more.
Installation view of RECOLLECT: Sam Gilliam, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 2023. Courtesy of MMoCA.