Marla Prather

Art Curator
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Marla Prather is a curator and scholar who has helped develop collections at some of the most well-known museums in the world. Prather is a curator of modern and contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has been in residence since 2008. From 2005 to 2007, she was Curator for American Art at Tate Modern, London, and from 1999 to 2004, the curator of Postwar Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She joined the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 1986, becoming curator and head of the Department of 20th Century Art from 1996 to 1999. From 1982 to1984 she was curator of painting and sculpture at the Spencer Museum of Art, where she was also a lecturer in art history. Prather graduated from KU with bachelor’s degrees in art history and French in 1978, and a master’s in art history in 1981.

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