Dr. Denise Murrell is Associate Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Murrell’s scholarship brings to light overlooked narratives within the history of art. Her recent exhibition, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse and Beyond, received critical acclaim when presented at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery, and was subsequently expanded for a presentation at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Born in New York, but raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, Dr. Murrell was originally a student of economics, earning an MBA from Harvard working with high-profile finance companies, before deciding to study art history. Driven by a desire to understand the different contexts in which artists have presented black figures in their work, she went on to take not just a few courses, but to complete her PhD at Columbia and publish her first book with Yale University Press.
An advocate for mentorship programs and supporting minority scholars, Dr. Murrell currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill and ArtTable, a leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts. Her UCLS talk is presented jointly by UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Falk Visiting Artist Program, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.