- Ellen Johnson '33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
- B.A., University of Iowa, 2005
- M.A., New York University Institute of Fine Arts, 2007
- Ph.D., New York University Institute of Fine Arts, 2013
Denise Birkhofer Authors Exhibition CatalogueFebruary 3, 2016
Denise Birkhofer, the Ellen Johnson '33 curator of modern and contemporary art, has authored the catalogue Judit Reigl: Body of Music in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition on view at the Allen Memorial Art Museum through May 29, 2016. The 172-page publication includes essays by Birkhofer and musicologist Benjamin Perl; a foreword by museum director Andria Derstine; an illustrated checklist of works in the exhibition; a selection of writings by Judit Reigl, translated into English for the first time; and the artist’s biography and exhibition history.
Denise Birkhofer PublishesNovember 19, 2015
Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, contributed a text on Chilean artist Roberto Matta to the catalogue for the exhibition Superposiciones: Arte latinoamericano en colleciones mexicanas. The exhibition, curated by James Oles for the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, was held from May 23 to October 4, 2015.
Denise Birkhofer Publishes ArticleFebruary 18, 2015
Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM), has published an article entitled "'Le centre du milieu': Matta and the Exploding Dome.” The article appears in the 2014 special issue of the Journal of Surrealism and the Americas dedicated to Latin American art.
The article explores Matta’s later appropriation of architectural models to facilitate his exploration of fragmented or exploding structures. It considers a group of graphic works from 1943 and 1968 based on diagrams by architects Buckminster Fuller and Bernard Kirschenbaum—including one example from the AMAM collection—as case studies of the artist’s engagement with one of the seminal structures of 20th century architecture: the geodesic dome.