College of Fine Arts alumnus named curator at New York MOMA

Jan. 13, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas—Joachim Pissarro, who graduated in 2001 from the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin with a doctor’s degree in art history, has been appointed one of three curators chosen to lead the New York Museum of Modern Art after its much-publicized $858 million renovation is completed next fall.

The team of curators, organized by the museum’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, John Elderfield, will collaborate to curate the exhibits of the world’s premier institution for modern art.

Pissarro’s great-grandfather was the celebrated French impressionist Camille Pissarro. Joachim Pissarro has curated shows covering the spectrum of modern art at museums from the Kimbell in Fort Worth, Texas, to the Yale University Art Gallery, where he became curator of European and contemporary art.

Joachim Pissarro’s scholarship in modern art has received widespread acclaim, and Publisher’s Weekly called his 1993 biography/critique of his great-grandfather’s work “a persuasive case for [Pissarro’s] pivotal role as a technical innovator in the Impressionist movement.”

Pissarro has been art educator and scholar at Hunter College in New York City. He recently completed a catalog of his great-grandfather’s paintings, which will be published in 2004-5.

For more information contact: Bruno Longarini, College of Fine Arts, 512-475-7021.