Carrie Rebora Barratt is Associate Director for Collections and Administration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She serves as project manager for and liaison to the departments that report to the Director’s Office—curatorial, conservation, scientific research, editorial, libraries, photo studio, image library, and the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, as well as the new Department of Media and Interpretation, which will bring together Museum staff involved in the dissemination of factual and interpretive information on the collections. Exhibitions curated by Carrie include American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life 1765-1915 (2009-10); Gilbert Stuart (2005); Queen Victoria and Thomas Sully (2001), and John Singleton Copley in America (1995-96), among many others. She has also curated thematic shows on American Folk art, portraits of artists, period frames, and American drawings. Her collection catalogue of the Metropolitan’s American portrait miniatures will be published in late 2009.
Carrie’s first association with the Metropolitan was as a graduate summer intern in 1984. That fall, she became a Research Assistant, then Coordinator of American Wing Documentation for the Luce Center project in 1986. Continuing in The American Wing, she was the recipient of the Chester Dale Fellowhip in 1987 and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in 1988. Carrie was appointed Assistant Curator, American Paintings and Sculpture, and Manager of the newly opened Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art in 1989, and Associate Curator in 1994. She was promoted to curator in 2001. As manager of The Luce Center, the American Wing’s visible storage facility, she oversaw the display and electronic cataloguing of over 10,000 works of American fine and decorative art on view in that facility. She has served on myriad museum committees, including the Grants Committee, various search committees, the Website Steering Committee. She has served an officer of the Forum of Curators and Conservators several times; she chaired that organization 2003-04 and was the delegate to the Board of Trustees 2004-05. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, she received her M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1990.