Katherine A. Bussard, currently associate curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been named the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum. Bussard, who starts her new job April 15, is only the second person, following Joel Smith, to hold the endowed curatorship.
Bussard joined the Art Institute in 2004. She earned a BA from Smith College, an MA from Williams College, and a PhD from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, where she wrote her dissertation on street photography.
She has curated more than 20 exhibitions, including Film and Photo in New York (2012) and Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings and Works on Paper (2011), and she is currently working on The City Dynamic: Representing Crisis and Renewal in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles 1960–1980, which explores the intersection of photography, architecture, and urban studies.
The week before she starts her new job, Bussard will speak on the AIPAD Photography Show panel, Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America, along with Lisa Hostetler, curator of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman, which Bussard and Hostetler co-curated, is on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where Hostetler served as curator before joining the Smithsonian, from February 22 to May 19.