Matthew S. Witkovsky


Matthew S. Witkovsky is curator and chair, department of photography, at The Art Institute of Chicago. He received his doctorate in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania (2002), with a thesis on avant-garde art in the former Czechoslovakia.

Witkovsky has worked in the art world since 1988, first in galleries in New York and Paris, and then at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he helped prepare the retrospectiveConstantin Brancusi: 1876–1957 (1995). Witkovsky returned to that museum as interim curator of photographs in 1998–1999. He has published and lectured widely on Czech art and architecture, Dada, and modern and contemporary photography, with articles in Harvard Design MagazineThe Art BulletinOctober, and Études Photographiques. Formerly at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Witkovsky assisted there in the preparation of the large-scale touring exhibition Dada (2006) and curated the landmark traveling exhibition, Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945, in 2007.

He is currently at work on a show of Lewis Baltz’s Prototypes (September 2010), and an international survey exhibition, Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977 (December 2011).