Press release: Museum announces new assistant curator for Native American art

By | December 8, 2015
Alexander Brier Marr

Alexander Brier Marr

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 8, 2015—Alexander Brier Marr has been appointed assistant curator for Native American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, where he will play a critical role in the museum’s ongoing commitment to Native American art as a member of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. He starts at the museum in January.

Marr recently served as Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. His article “Scales of Vision: Kiowa Model Tipis and the Mooney Commission” was published in the current edition of Winterthur Portfolio, and he is co-editing an extensively revised new edition of Art of the North American Indians: The Thaw Collection at the Fenimore Museum.

At the Portland Art Museum, Marr contributed major research to a forthcoming traveling exhibition of the Axel Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast art. Marr also co-curated exhibitions on Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian and the AIDS Education Posters Collection at the University of Rochester. He has received numerous awards, including honors from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Phillips Fund for Native American Research from the American Philosophical Society, and the National Gallery’s Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

Marr received his master’s degree in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and an undergraduate degree in Art History with honors from Beloit College. He is completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Rochester.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org