Karl Kusserow John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
Karl Kusserow specializes in American art, with a particular focus on portraiture, and ecocriticism and its application to visual culture. Kusserow joined the Princeton University Art Museum in 2005 and was appointed its inaugural John Wilmerding Curator of American Art in 2013. In 2010 he organized the in situ exhibition “Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton’s Faculty Room at Nassau Hall” and in 2013 curated “Picturing Power: Capitalism, Democracy, and American Portraiture,” which explored the changing uses of institutional portraiture and the dilemma of portraying power in a democracy. The accompanying book was named one of the year’s outstanding publications by the Association of Art Museum Curators. His current project, with Alan C. Braddock (William & Mary) is “Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment,” a traveling exhibition broadly reinterpreting American art in relation to ecology and environmental history.
Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective, editor (Princeton University Art Museum/Yale University Press, forthcoming).
Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, coedited with Alan C. Braddock (Princeton University Art Museum/Yale University Press, 2018).
Picturing Power: Portraiture and Its Uses in The New York Chamber of Commerce (Columbia University Press, 2013).
Princeton University Art Museum Record 70 (2011), editor of special issue on American art.
Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton’s Faculty Room at Nassau Hall (Princeton University Press, 2010).