Art historian, Optimist, Friend

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?

This might sound clichéd, but it works for me: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?

My favorite magazines, from Vogue to People—a guilty pleasure that helps me to unwind.

WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSE BUMPS?

The thrill of an unexpected research discovery, or looking at a painting up-close and out of its frame with a conservator in the lab.

WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?

A new lipstick and a pedicure.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

My friendships—they’re what I fall back on when those lemons threaten to overwhelm.

BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Don’t ever become bitter.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT?

My current lecture series, The Post-Impressionists, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

HOW DO YOU PRESS PAUSE?

CoreFusion classes at Exhale; sharing a good laugh with my husband.

WHAT DID YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE DOING?

Reading and taking acting classes at my the community theatre in my hometown.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE MAGIC POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The power to stop time—and make those great moments last.

WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT?

Nothing! It’s not just about the food; I look forward to mealtime as a shared experience.

FAVORITE WORK OF ART? WHY?

Please don’t make me choose—it’s way too hard.

FAVORITE BOOK? WHY?

Robert Rosenblum’s Transformations in Late Eighteenth-Century Art. This book by my dissertation advisor defined my field and shaped me as a scholar; whenever I return to it, I am reminded of how his work has withstood the test of time, nearly 50 years after it was written. It continues to inspire me.

To learn more about Kathy, check out her book, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, and follow her at:

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