Nathaniel Silver returns to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as Associate Director and Chief Curator

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Nathaniel Silver returns to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as Associate Director and Chief Curator
Nathaniel Silver, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Photo: Bearwalk Cinema.

BOSTON, MA.- Nathaniel Silver returns to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as the inaugural Associate Director and Chief Curator after serving as executive director and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA.

Previously at the Gardner, Silver was the Division Head and William and Lia Poorvu Curator, overseeing the Collections, Conservation, and Archives departments. During his previous tenure at the Gardner, he curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions including the acclaimed Titian: Women, Myth, and Power and Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent. With nearly fifteen years of experience in fine art museums and cultural institutions, Silver has worked at The Frick Collection, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. He has also held fellowships at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.

Silver’s expanded leadership role at the Gardner will encompass strategic and administrative responsibilities, thought leadership and the development of exhibitions and collections initiatives, and oversight of special projects.

"I'm excited to rejoin the Gardner at such an important time. I’m honored to be the museum’s inaugural Associate Director and Chief Curator and look forward to working with Peggy Fogelman, and our entire team, on current projects and bringing new ones to fruition,” said Silver. “ I look forward to building on the strengths of our strategic plan as we continue serving existing and new communities and making art of the past relevant to our present."

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum invites you to escape the ordinary in a magical setting where art and community come together to inspire new ways of envisioning our world. Embodying the fearless legacy of its founder, the Museum offers a singular invitation to explore the past through a contemporary lens, creating meaningful encounters with art and joyful connections for all. Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, unforgettable galleries surround a luminous courtyard and are home to masters such as Rembrandt, Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo, Whistler, and Sargent. The Renzo Piano wing provides a platform for contemporary artists, musicians, and scholars, and serves as an innovative venue where creativity is celebrated in all of its forms.

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