Kemper Art Museum promotes Meredith Malone to full curator

Posted by Kemper Art Museum April 2, 2021


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis has promoted Meredith Malone to full curator.

A specialist in modern and contemporary art, Malone joined the Kemper Art Museum as a postdoctoral fellow in 2006. She was promoted to assistant curator in 2007 and to associate curator in 2010.

“Meredith is intelligent, ambitious, curious, productive, and organized,” said Sabine Eckmann, the William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator of the Kemper Art Museum. “Over the years she has assumed increased responsibility for all curatorial areas, which has prepared her well for this position. She is a fine scholar, a perceptive collaborator, and an inspiring colleague.”

As curator, Malone will take an expanded role in researching, developing, and curating both temporary loan exhibitions and exhibitions showcasing the Kemper Art Museum’s renowned permanent collection. Other duties include recommending new art acquisitions; developing didactic materials, exhibition catalogs, and other scholarly texts; playing an active role in Museum fundraising; and developing relationships with collectors, donors, and the public.

In addition, Malone will pursue interdisciplinary collaborations with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, and other university areas as well as with local art institutions.

About Meredith Malone

Born and raised in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, Malone earned her bachelor’s degree in art history in 1999 from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She earned both her master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2006. 

As associate curator, Malone has organized a wide range of exhibitions, many of them accompanied by publications. Major shows include Chance Aesthetics (2009), Cosima von Bonin: Character Appropriation (2011), Tomás Saraceno: Cloud-Specific (2011), Notations: Contemporary Drawing as Idea and Process (2012), Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art (2014), and To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare (2016). In addition, she has researched and led the acquisition of a number of important artworks, including those by Arman, Yto Barrada, Marcel Duchamp, Andrea Fraser, Leslie Hewitt, Rashid Johnson, Man Ray, Rodney McMillian, Adam Pendleton, and Andrea Zittel, and has served as curatorial advisor for the Sam Fox School’s annual MFA in Visual Art thesis exhibitions as well as the Arthur Greenberg Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship exhibitions.

During the Kemper Art Museum’s recent expansion, Malone oversaw the commissioning and installation of Saraceno’s sculpture Cosmic Filaments (2019) for the new entrance lobby, and curated the selection of postwar and contemporary art in the new James M. Kemper Gallery. In spring 2020 the Museum debuted Malone’s Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959–1965, a major international loan show—accompanied by a scholarly catalog—that examined the rise of multiples and the concurrent resurgence of kinetic art. When COVID-19 forced the Museum’s temporary closure, Malone conceived and moderated a series of virtual events with internationally known artists and scholars. In spring 2021 she coordinated installation of Stacking Traumas, a site-specific wall mural by Christine Sun Kim.