Jamaica Plain Resident Named Curator of Boston University Art Gallery

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(Boston, Mass.) — John R. Stomberg, director of the Boston University Art Gallery, recently announced the appointment of Karen Elizabeth Haas of Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain, as Gallery Curator.

“Karen brings strong curatorial experience combined with a deep-seated love and knowledge of 20th-century art and photography that will be a tremendous asset as we begin the process of building our collection,” said Stomberg.

Haas was most recently exhibition consultant at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover where she curated Expanded Visions: The Panoramic Photograph, as well as an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Charles Sheeler’s artist-in-residency at the Addison.

She also served as exhibition consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and was associate curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from 1988 to 1991. In 1995 she worked on a survey of the Boston Public Library’s extensive performing arts collection of rare books, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, and ephemera as a Mellon Foundation Survey Fellow.

The Boston University Art Gallery presents four major exhibitions annually, focusing primarily in the 20th century. Its programming is culturally inclusive, reflecting a humanistic and interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture, and a commitment to presenting art in its cultural and historic context.

The Gallery is currently presenting David Smith: Medals for Dishonor through Sunday, February 28. This exhibition includes fifteen cast bronze medals and preparatory drawings by the renowned sculptor depicting the devastation of war, ignorance, prejudice, poverty, illness, and environmental destruction. Created during the rise of fascism in Europe in the years leading up to World War II, they are the least-known major body of Smith’s work.