Placed Leaders

Katia Zavistovski

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Katia Zavistovski was recently appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. Zavistovski was previously the Assistant Curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she co-curated the reinstallation of LACMA’s Modern Art permanent collection galleries and organized multiple exhibitions, including Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile, Hidden Narratives: Recent Acquisitions of Postwar Art, and On the Move: A Century of Crossing Borders. Prior to LACMA, Zavistovski held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Menil Collection; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; and SITE Santa Fe. A specialist in 20th– and 21st-century American and European art, she has published writings on artists including Vija Celmins, Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, Oscar Muñoz, Mark Dion, and LaToya Ruby Frazier, among others. Zavistovski has a Ph.D. in art history from Rice University, an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, also in art history.

This was an international search with a great outcome. Executive Director Todd D. Smith said “While we are a museum founded on the celebration of the European modernist moment through our core collection, we are emerging as an institution that seeks to be accessible and of its moment, striving to share the global legacies of modernism through living contemporary artists. Katia is well respected in the field of modern and contemporary art, and her knowledge and experience will be vital in our efforts to continue to expand the Bechtler’s mission through the exhibition and interpretation of modern and contemporary art and artists.”