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'As an art historian I take my cue from artists, who have always recognized that art and the ideas driving it are mobile. Exchanged across diverse networks, art can connect people, often unexpectedly, through time and place.'
Mary-Kate O’Hare helps clients build and manage museum-quality art collections. She specializes in U.S. and Latin American modern and contemporary art and 19th century European art.
Prior to joining Citi in 2013, Mary-Kate was Curator of American Art at The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ (2000-2013) where she oversaw the American art collection of 12,000 objects, published research on the permanent collection, and organized several critically lauded loan and collection exhibitions. The International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) honored her exhibition and accompanying catalogue Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s (2010) with an award for “Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally.” Mary-Kate also curated exhibitions devoted to Edward Hopper, Romare Bearden, 20th century photography, and the subject of the New Woman in 19th Century American art. She began her curatorial career as an Assistant Curator and Collections Manager at The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ.
Mary-Kate’s work has been honored by several grants and awards, including a Henry Luce Research Award and a fellowship at the Clark Art Institute, where her research focused on mid-20th century Brazilian art, music and design. She writes and lectures regularly on contemporary art and the art market and has taught many art history courses and advanced seminars at Rutgers University and William Patterson University. She serves on the Board of the Association of Art Museum Curators. Mary-Kate earned a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University, writing her dissertation on the work of John Singer Sargent.