From MoMA to MFA Boston: Michelle Millar Fisher Named Curator of Contemporary Design

Michelle Millar Fisher
(Art History), who co-curated a successful exhibit on fashion at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) while she was a Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, was recently named the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Fisher will develop exhibitions and curate the museum’s collection of contemporary craft, decorative art, and design. “I am really excited to be working with such a great collection, but even more than the objects, I'm excited to work with my new colleagues,” she says. “I’m joining an amazing department with an old friend from MoMA, Akili Tommasino, a new friend whose work I’ve loved from afar, Liz Munsell, and we have a brilliant boss, chief curator of contemporary art, Reto Thüring.”
Fisher is currently the Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she is working on “Designs for Different Futures,” an upcoming exhibition organized collaboratively with the Walker Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she worked for four years as a curatorial assistant at MoMA, where she co-curated the museum’s first fashion show in more than 70 years, “Is Fashion Modern?”
She is continuing her work toward completing her dissertation, and credits The Graduate Center with allowing her to pursue professional advancement at the same time as her research. “I applied only to The Graduate Center when I decided to get my Ph.D., and it has always accommodated my professional work, and given me peers and alumni who I admire and can emulate,” she says. “It’s also given me some of my best friends, who have stuck with me even when we’re all working five jobs and staying up late at night with no social life to speak of. That’s worth more than gold — or any great job.”

Submitted on: MAY 15, 2019

Category: Art History | General GC News | Student News