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Kirk Varnedoe

Past Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Art History


Historical Studies

Kirk Varnedoe was the fourth art historian to be appointed Professor in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Historical Studies. Prior to his appointment to the Institute for Advanced Study in January 2002, Varnedoe served for thirteen years as Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and, prior to his museum career, he taught art history at Stanford, Columbia, and New York Universities.

Dates at IAS

School of Historical Studies


Stanford University
Williams College


Awards and Knighthoods: Knighthood of the Royal Order of Donnebroge 1983; Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Boards and Committees: National Humanities Center, Trustee; The New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writer, Steering Committee, Member
Fellowships: MacArthur Fellowship 1984; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 1977
Lectureships: A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 2003
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; American Philosophical Society, Member