Liz Siegel is chief curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum. From 2001 to 2023, she was a curator in Photography and Media at the Art Institute. With a special focus on photography before 1970, her work examines the practices, reception, and material histories of photography.
Among her many exhibitions at the Art Institute are André Kertész: Postcards from Paris (2021); Photography + Folk Art: Looking for America in the 1930s (2019); The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1959–1970 (2017); Alfred Stieglitz and the Nineteenth Century (2015); Shatter Rupture Break: The Modern Series I (2015); Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door (2013); Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks (2011); and Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage (2009). Besides print and digital catalogues accompanying several of those exhibitions, other books include Taken by Design: Photography at the Institute of Design, 1937–1971 (Art Institute of Chicago, 2002) and Galleries of Friendship and Fame: A History of Nineteenth-Century American Photograph Albums (Yale University Press, 2010).
She received her BA from Yale and her PhD from the University of Chicago.