Milwaukee Art Museum adds Sutcliffe as curator of photography

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:44 am

The Milwaukee Art Museum has welcomed Lisa Sutcliffe as the new curator of photography.

Sutcliffe is replacing Lisa Hostetler, who has taken a position with the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Prior to her new position with the Milwaukee Art Museum, Sutcliffe worked for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as assistant curator in the department of photography. During her five-year career at that museum, she arranged film screenings, lectures and panels with internationally recognized artists, wrote about contemporary art and photography for a number of publications and added to books for artists like Penelope Umbrico, Sean McFarland and Naoya Hatakeyama.

Sutcliffe also worked with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography to assemble the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s display of “Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories.” Other exhibits she assisted with include “The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography;” Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea;” Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective;” and “Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1970.”

Her museum experience extends to the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass. where she served as the Koch Curatorial Fellow before joining the museum in San Francisco.

“Lisa Sutcliffe brings a wealth of experience and a great passion for photography to the Milwaukee Art Museum as we continue to build the collection and programs of the museum’s thriving curatorial department,” said Brady Roberts, chief curator at the museum. “This is a critical juncture for the museum as it begins to define a greatly expanded gallery presence for photography in its reinstallation plans. It is important to have a professional and respected colleague such as Lisa Sutcliffe with us in this process.”

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