Michael Brown Joins San Diego Museum of Art’s European Art Department

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On Tuesday the San Diego Museum of Art announced that it has hired Michael Brown, most recently of the Denver Art Museum — where he held down a pair of research positions and curated the exhibition “Personal Effects: Art and Home in South America” — to be its new associate curator of European Art. Beginning in January 2014, Brown will oversee the SDMA’s permanent collection holdings of European art, curating exhibitions drawn from those holdings, leading provenance research efforts, and advising on acquisitions.

After specializing in 17th and 18th century Spanish colonial art for his doctoral thesis at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, Brown became the Mayer Curatorial Fellow for Spanish Colonial Art at the DAM. He stayed at the institution as a post-doctoral research fellow, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the Museum’s world-renowned permanent collection, and collaborate on an innovative, exciting exhibition program,” Brown said in a statement. “These are ambitious times for San Diego and the Museum, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

“Michael has impressed us with his expertise and enthusiasm,” SDMA executive director Roxana Velásquez added in a statement. “His knowledge of Spanish and European art will be fundamental to the continued research and the exhibition programs for The San Diego Museum of Art.”

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

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