Wendy Nalani E. Ikemoto named chief curator and vice president of the New-York Historical Society

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The New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in New York City, named Wendy Nalani E. Ikemoto as its chief curator and vice president in January. Ms. Ikemoto is one of the first people of Indigenous descent to lead curators at a major museum in the United States. A native of Honolulu, she graduated from Stanford University (BA '02), received a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University and did postdoctoral work at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and Vassar College.

At the time I didn’t know that art history existed. But it was my sister, who was taking a class while in college at Stanford, who suggested that I take one as well. I did, and I was hooked.

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