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Annelise K. Madsen

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Annelise K. Madsen, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator, Arts of the Americas, joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and specializes in US painting, sculpture, and visual culture. She is particularly interested in elevating historical women artists—studying artworks in the permanent collection, stewarding acquisitions, developing exhibitions and programming, and presenting new research in an effort to recover and revalue the contributions and stories of female makers. Annelise’s current exhibition project is Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks” (2024–25). She is also preparing an exhibition on Mary Cassatt. In 2018 she curated John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age and authored its accompanying catalogue. She co-curated America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s (2016–17) and Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine (2013–14). In addition to exhibition catalogues, Annelise has contributed essays to numerous publications, including Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition (2011), American Art, and Winterthur Portfolio. In 2014–17 she served on the board of the Association of Historians of American Art. She holds a PhD in art history from Stanford University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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