Michael E. Shapiro, the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director of the High Museum of Art
, announces today the appointment of Sarah Schleuning as the Museums new curator of decorative arts and design. Schleuning currently serves as curator at the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University and will join the High on May 16, 2011. As curator of decorative arts and design, Schleuning will be responsible for the Highs growing collection of more than 2,250 works, with notable examples from the Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection of American Decorative Art and the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics.
I am thrilled that Sarah will be joining our curatorial staff, stated David Brenneman, the Highs Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Sarah brings a terrific track record of thoughtful exhibitions and programs to our decorative arts and design department. I look forward to working with her to continue to nurture the Highs traditional strength in the decorative arts and to introduce modern and contemporary design to Atlanta and the region.
Most recently, Schleuning organized the exhibition MetalCraft: Architectural Metalwork from The Wolfsonian at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University (summer 2011). In her role as curator, Schleuning has organized numerous exhibitions including +5: Recent Acquisitions from The Wolfsonian Collection (2010) and Fashioning the Modern French Interior: Pochoir Portfolio from the 1920s (2007). During her tenure at the Wolfsonian, Schleuning also held the position of fellowship coordinator, in which she managed the Wolfsonians fellowship program and research center activities. Her published work includes the 2008 RIBA International Book Award finalist Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War (2003). Schleuning was instrumental in organizing and developing the Visionaries Group, composed of dynamic leaders and enthusiasts in Miamis art and design community who fundraise and serve as ambassadors for the museum.
As curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, Schleuning will be responsible for the Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection of American Decorative Art. This collection, known for its quality and depth, represents nearly 100 years of American decorative art masterpieces. The Highs decorative arts collection, which comprises approximately 2,250 pieces, also boasts the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics. Recent acquisitions have focused on design from the 20th and 21st centuries, including the key additions of Gerrit Rietvelds Red/Blue Chair (1918), Ettore Sottsasss Superbox (1968), Ron Arads Blo-Void 1 chair (2006) and Joris Laarmans Bone armchair (2008).
The High Museum of Art has an amazing collection, especially in the decorative arts and design, said Schleuning. It is an honor to work with such a prestigious institution and incredible colleagues. I look forward to being engaged with the dynamic members and supporters of the High and the vibrant community of Atlanta.
Schleuning received a Master of Arts degree in the history of the decorative arts from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in conjunction with Parsons School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. As assistant curator and curatorial fellow at Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan, Schleuning organized several exhibitions, including Harry Bertoia: Visualizing Sound and Zine Scene, and contributed to the publications Cranbrook Art Museum: 100 Treasures and Three Decades of Contemporary Art: The Dr. John and Rose M. Shuey Collection. Schleuning is a member of the American Association of Museum Curators, the American Association of Museums and the International Committee of Museums-International Committee of Decorative Arts and Design.