Fall Forum: Inspired Encounters


David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center

Free of charge; registration required

The David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center’s inaugural exhibition, Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art, examines intergenerational influence and innovation. Co-curators Katrina London and Jeremiah William McCarthy will moderate a discussion between exhibition catalogue contributors Adrienne L. Childs, adjunct curator at The Phillips Collection; Kimberli Gant, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum; and Maura Reilly, director of Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum on how museums can provide more expansive and inclusive accounts of modern and contemporary art. A reception will follow.


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Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D.

Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D., is an independent scholar, art historian, and curator. She is the adjunct curator at The Phillips Collection, an associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and the author of Ornamental Blackness: The Black Figure in European Decorative Arts. In April 2022, The High Museum of Art awarded Childs the 2022 Driskell Prize in recognition of her contribution to African American art and art history.

Kimberli Grant

Kimberli Gant, Ph.D., is the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum. Previously, she was the McKinnon curator of modern & contemporary art at the Chrysler Museum and the Mellon doctoral fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum. Dr. Gant has curated exhibitions including Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place (2016) and There is No Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined (2010).


Katrina London

Katrina London is the manager of collections and curatorial projects at The Pocantico Center. She co-curated Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art, the inaugural exhibition for the David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center (2022). Katrina is responsible for the stewardship of the collections within the Pocantico Historic Area, supervising the conservation and care of works of art, curatorial research, and organizing exhibitions and educational programs. Before joining the Fund, she was a curatorial associate at the American Federation of Arts.

Jeremiah McCarthy

Jeremiah McCarthy is the curator of American art at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He is the consulting curator for Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art (2022). Jeremiah was previously curator at the National Academy of Design and associate curator at the American Federation of Arts. He has also worked in the curatorial and education departments of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Maura Reilly

Maura Reilly, Ph.D., is the director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Previously, she was the executive director of the National Academy of Design. As founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, she organized several landmark exhibitions, including Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party and Global Feminisms (co-curated with Linda Nochlin). Her book Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating (2018) was a New York Times “Top 10 Best Art Books” of 2018.