CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago
announced that Gloria Groom, the David and Mary Winton Green Curator in the Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture, has been named the museums first senior curator. This new position acknowledges Grooms significant contributions to the museum and reflects her exemplary work across the range of curatorial responsibilities, including scholarship, exhibitions, acquisitions, research initiatives, development, and collaboration with international institutions and colleagues.
It gives me great pleasure to name Gloria Groom as the Art Institutes first senior curator, said Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the museum. I have worked closely with Gloria for many years and have seen first-hand her creativity, intelligence, energy, and curatorial acumen. Her stewardship of the Art Institutes collection of French 19th-century painting and sculpture has distinguished the museum nationally and internationally, allowing us to present such exhibitions as her current Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, a collaboration with the Musée dOrsay in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This exhibition is just the latest of Glorias many achievements, but it exemplifies her talents as a scholar and a colleague.
Groom joined the Art Institute as a research assistant in 1984 and served as an assistant, then associate curator of European painting. In 1988, she was appointed the David and Mary Winton Green Curator, overseeing the museums renowned collection of 19th-century painting and sculpture. An expert in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, especially the work of artists Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, Groom has published extensively in catalogues and journals. She is the author of the monograph Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator: Patrons and Projects, 18921912 (1993) and author and editor of, among other works, Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel, 18901930 (2001) and Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2012). Additionally she is the coeditor and coauthor of The Age of French Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago (2008). She spearheaded the creation of the Art Institutes first two online scholarly cataloguesfocused on the Art Institutes holdings of Monet and Renoir paintings and to be published next yearwhich provide in-depth curatorial research and conservation science to a global audience as part of the Getty Foundationled Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative. Groom has curated and co-curated 11 exhibitions at the Art Institute, including Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2013); Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde (200607); and Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist (1995). In June of this year, she was named Officier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres for her significant contributions to French art and culture. A member of the Midwest Art Historians Society, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the Association for Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, Groom also has served as a trustee for the Association of Art Curators since 2009. She received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Groom received a diploma from the École du Louvre and was a 2009 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership.