Lisa Corrin

  • Ellen Philips Katz Director, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
  • Senior Lecturer, Art History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa Corrin became the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and a Senior Lecturer in Art History at Northwestern University in February 2012. Most recently, she was the Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, as well as a Lecturer in Art at Williams College. She was also responsible for managing the College’s public art program. Previously, Corrin was the Deputy Director of Art and Chief Curator at the Seattle Art Museum. From 1997-2011 Corrin was the Chief Curator at The Serpentine Gallery in London and curated an international program of exhibitions.

Corrin’s museum career began as the first curator of Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum, a nomadic museum without walls. Since then, she has curated over sixty exhibitions including innovative reinstallations of collections that brought together contemporary art with historic objects. These include: Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson at the Maryland Historical Society; Going for Baroque at The Walters Art Gallery; and Give & Take, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a specially commissioned installation at The Serpentine using objects selected by Hans Haacke from the collection of the V&A. Corrin has published widely on contemporary art, including public art, and museology. Her book on Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum was awarded the Wittenborn Prize. She was also the co-author of a monograph on Mark Dion for Phaidon Press. Corrin has been a Clark Research Fellow at the Clark Art Institute and a Visiting Scholar in Museum Studies at New York University.