Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries
Joachim Pissarro has been Adjunct Curator in MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture, and the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, New York, since 2007. Previously, Mr. Pissarro was Curator in MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture (2003-07). For MoMA, he organized the exhibition Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro 1865–1885 (2005) and Out of Time: A Contemporary View (with Eva Respini, 2006).
From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Pissarro was the Seymour H. Knox,
Jr. Curator of European and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art
Gallery, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of the
History of Art at Yale University. While at Yale, Mr. Pissarro organized
or co-organized exhibitions that include Jasper Johns’s Recent
Paintings (with Richard Field and Gary Garrels, 2000); After looking at
Chinese Rocks: Brice Marden: Work in Progress (1999); and Post-Modern
Transgressions (1999). He presided over the reinstallation of the modern
and contemporary collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, and
focused on the recent history of the Yale School of Art, which led to
the exhibition Then and Now and Later (co-curated with Thomas Crow,
1998), which featured Dawoud Bey, Gregory Crewdson, John Currin, Ann
Hamilton, Roni Horn, Abelardo Morell, Jessica Stockholder, Peter Wegner,
and Lisa Yuskavage.
Mr. Pissarro served as Chief Curator at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas from 1994 to 1997. He coordinated (with guest curator Yve-Alain Bois) Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry (1997), shown at the Kimbell Art Museum. A number of Mr. Pissarro’s exhibitions traveled nationally and internationally: Monet and the Mediterranean (1997-98), shown at the Kimbell Art Museum and Brooklyn Museum; Georges de La Tour (1996-97), co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Philip Conisbee, and shown at the Kimbell Art Museum and the National Gallery; and The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro’s Series (1992-93), which was shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
His book, Cézanne/Pissarro, Johns/Rauschenberg:
Comparative Studies on Intersubjectivity in Modern Art, was published in
2006 by Cambridge University Press. He has recently finished working on
the 3-volume catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Camille Pissarro,
Among other recent publications, count two parallel essays on the night: one on van Gogh’s nocturnal works: “The Formation of Crepuscular and Nocturnal Themes in van Gogh’s Early Writings,” in Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night (MoMA, 2008) and the other on representations of the night by contemporary artists : “The Night’s Thousand Eyes” in to: Night (Hunter College Galleries, 2008); an essay titled : “The Late de Kooning: ‘Kritik’ vs. ‘Klinik’”, in Willem de Kooning 1981-1986, L&M: New York, 2007, as well as an essay on Robert Indiana’s semiological approach to his art: “Signs into Art,” in Robert Indiana: The Artist and His Work, Rizzoli: NY, 2005. His book Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro (The Museum of Modern Art, NY, 2005) received much critical attention in the field of studies of modernism. His essay on “Jasper Johns’s Bridge Paintings Under Construction” was published in Jasper Johns: New Paintings and Works on Paper, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, 1999. He has for the past twenty years contributed reviews and articles to The Art Bulletin, Apollo, The Burlington Magazine.
His teaching and writing presently focus on the challenges facing art history due to the unprecedented proliferation of art works, images, and visual data. He is co-authoring a book on this topic with David Carrier, Art Outside the Art World. In the same vein, he also taught a seminar on Michael Jackson: The Contemporary Representation of a Cultural Icon. His recent writings include the book Individualism and Inter-Subjectivity in Modernism: Two Case Studies of Artistic Interchanges – Camille Pissarro and Paul Cézanne; Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns and the essay "Greenberg, Kant, and Modernism?"
Mr. Pissarro was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and received a M. Phil in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London, and a Ph D. in History of Art from the University of Texas at Austin.