Kelly Baum is the curator of postwar and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2005. She has been working as a curator for 16 years, first at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, then at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin and later at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art. Baum has organized dozens of exhibitions, among them Carol Bove: setting for A. Pomodoro (2006); Nobody’s Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000-2010 (2010); Doug Aitken: migration (empire) (2013); New Jersey as Non-Site (2013), for which she received a Warhol Curatorial Fellowship; and Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (2016), co-curated with Andrea Bayer and Nicholas Cullinan. Her writing has been published widely in exhibition catalogues as well as in anthologies like Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (2015) and scholarly journals like October and Art Journal. Baum has participated in numerous panels and symposia and has taught seminars in both contemporary art and curatorial practice. Currently, she is researching an exhibition for fall 2017 titled Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980.
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