PhD candidate Lesley Wolff is participating in innovative museum initiatives and pursuing new avenues of scholarship as a 2018–19 Graduate Curatorial Fellow at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. During this 13-month appointment, Wolff is conducting curatorial research and writing related to the major expansion of the museum, unveiled in spring 2019. Under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Wolff is generating text to populate the museum’s new and expanded American Art galleries and installing temporary exhibitions and new permanent galleries. Wolff is also assisting Dr. Roberts on research for a forthcoming critical book-length publication on the museum’s founding couple, Ralph and Elizabeth Norton.
Wolff is very excited to be part of Norton’s team and to work under Dr. Roberts, whose research on domesticity, consumption, and American modernity has been influential on Wolff’s primary research on representations of foodways in the Americas. Working in the Norton’s U.S. art collection will complement and expand Wolff’s specialization in Latin American modern arts and, hopefully, forge new narratives about transnational and hemispheric relationships among artists of the Americas.