Katharine J. Wright received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Williams College and her PhD in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Pursuing a career as a museum professional, she has worked at a number of institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Morgan Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Most recently she held the position of Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research and Collections Specialist Fellow in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She specializes in the study of pre- and post-war American art, with a particular research interest in alternative media, public art and photography.
As an independent curator she has organized exhibitions on Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Marta Chilindron, George Lois and others in the U.S and Latin America; her latest project is a major retrospective and catalogue on minimal art for Fundacíon PROA in Buenos Aires. Her research and writing has been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thames & Hudson, Yale University Press, caa.reviews and `Ridiculosa. She is currently working on a book on the intersection of contemporary American art and advertisements entitled Infiltration Art.
In her free time, Katharine is an avid baker, sailor, traveler and crafter. She maintains a calligraphy shop devoted to modern, sophisticated typography for invitations, stationery and more. In addition, she serves as an Artisan-in-Residence for the luxury beauty brand Jo Malone, London, facilitating VIP events in New York stores. Katharine is also a practicing graphic designer and has worked on projects for the Institute of Fine Arts, the New Haven Preservation Trust, Learned1 LLC, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and Williams College, among others.