Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum appoints two new curators

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, has appointed two new curators.

Lutz Koepnick, Ph.D., has been named curator of new media. Koepnick previously worked on two exhibitions for the museum — “Inscriptions of Time/Topographies of History: The Photographs of Alan Cohen” (2003) and [Grid<>Matrix](2006). He also contributed an essay to the catalog for “Reality Bites: Making Avant-garde Art in Post-Wall Germany”(2007). He is co-curating the museum’s series “Screen Arts and New Media Aesthetics,” including the exhibition “Window | Interface,” on view through Nov. 5.

Koepnick, professor of German and of film and media studies, both in Arts & Sciences, joined the University faculty in 1994. He has published extensively in the areas of 19th- to 21st-century German culture, aesthetic theory, film and media studies, and intellectual history. Books include “Framing Attention: Windows on Modern German Culture” (2007), “The Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hitler and Hollywood” (2002) and “Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power”(1999).

He also is the co-editor of “The Cosmopolitan Screen: German Cinema and the Global Imaginary, 1945 to the Present” (2007), “Caught by Politics: Hitler Exiles and American Visual Culture in the 1930s and 1940s” (2007) and “Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture” (2004).

Koepnick earned a master’s degree in German literature from Washington University in 1990, prior to which he studied at the Universität Hamburg in Germany, Uppsala Universitetet in Sweden, and Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany. In 1994, he earned a joint doctorate in German studies and humanities from Stanford University.

Meredith Malone, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant curator. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, Malone joined the Kemper Art Museum in 2006 as a curatorial fellow and last spring organized the exhibition “Andrea Fraser, What Do I, as an Artist, Provide?”

Her responsibilities include exhibition development, permanent collection research, acquisitions, public lectures and other programming. In addition, Malone will serve as curatorial liaison for faculty-organized exhibitions in the museum’s Teaching Gallery.

Malone earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from George Washington University in 1999, then served as an exhibition project associate for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in Washington, D.C. She earned a master’s degree in 2003 and a doctorate in 2006, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Between 2003-06, Malone organized roughly a dozen exhibitions as curator for the Peng Gallery in Philadelphia.

She also served as a research assistant for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and as a graduate student lecturer for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Other exhibitions include “Radically Old/Radically New: Contemporary Narrative Painting”(2002), curated with Elizabeth Schlatter for School 33 in Baltimore; and “Power Fields: Explorations in the Work of Vito Acconci”(with Christine Poggi), which will open in February 2008, at Philadelphia’s Slought Foundation.

Malone currently is co-curating “Thaddeus Strode: Absolutes and Nothings”with Sabine Eckmann, Ph.D., director and chief curator for the Kemper Art Museum. Earlier this year she contributed two essays to the catalog for “Le Nouveau Réalisme,” which opened at the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais in Paris.