Associate Curator of Contemporary Art
Emily Liebert joined the museum as associate curator of contemporary art in November 2017. Previously she worked at the Museum of Modern Art for four years as curatorial assistant on the major retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends. Liebert’s essay for the exhibition’s catalogue, “‘Looking Also Had to Happen in Time’: The Printed Trace,” explored the multiple connections between Rauschenberg’s work in dance, photography, and printmaking. Related to this essay, she organized a dance program highlighting Rauschenberg’s collaborations with choreographers Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor.
Before joining MoMA, Liebert curated Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s “Selves,” which opened at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery in 2013 and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The exhibition was a finalist for an award by the International Association of Art Critics in the category “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York.” The catalogue for Multiple Occupancy, edited by Liebert, included newly commissioned essays by both scholars and artists. From 2003 to 2005, Liebert was coordinator for education and public affairs at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.
Liebert was a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2008–11) and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2009–10). She holds a BA from Yale University (2001) and a PhD from Columbia University (2013). At Columbia, Liebert taught courses in the department of Art History and at the School of the Arts; she also inaugurated an ongoing colloquium that brings together students and faculty from both departments to explore their mutual interests. In 2017 she curated Columbia’s MFA First Year thesis show. Liebert is a contributor to Artforum.