Molleen Theodore

Molleen Theodore is the Assistant Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery, a position generously funded by Jane and Gerald Katcher, where she develops a wide range of engagement opportunities, including in-gallery artist talks, studio workshops, performances, readings, film screenings, conversations, and scholarly lectures.

She collaborates across the museum, the University, and the community, developing partnerships across disciplines, to foster programs that enhance and broaden visitor engagement with the works of art at the Gallery. In addition, Molleen has supervised students in curating exhibitions, including Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery and Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton. She has served as the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Senior Fellow in the Education Department at the Gallery, a critic at the Yale School of Art, a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale as well as a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Molleen holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s. Molleen received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies. Her dissertation, “Beyond ‘Meaningless Work’: The Art of Walter De Maria, 1960-1977,” is a foundational study of the breadth and complexity of De Maria’s production, the variety of its reception, and his relationship to history, institutions, and patrons.