in Events , Videos | 21 JUN 21

Watch: Conversations on Patronage with Jill Kraus and Stuart Comer

MoMa's Trustee Jill Kraus and Stuart Comer, MoMa's Chief Curator of Media and Performance, discuss collecting and public art

in Events , Videos | 21 JUN 21
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Featuring Jill Kraus (Trustee, MoMa) and Stuart Comer (The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator, Media & Performance, MoMa)

Moderated by Charlotte Burns, Founder, Studio Burns

Jill Kraus received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She worked for 20 years as a designer and design director. Jill is currently on the Board of The Museum of Modern where she sits on the Executive Committee & currently chairs the Media & Performance committee. In June she will takeover as Chair of the Committee on Learning and Audience Engagement. Jill is also on the New Museum Board. She recently stepped down from the board of Public Art Fund, where she served for 12 years, nine of those as Board Chairman. Kraus has also served on the boards of Carnegie Mellon University and California Institute of the Arts. She and her husband Peter have co-chaired 3 Friends of the Carnegie International. She and Peter have collected art for 40 years. 

Stuart Comer is The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance at The Museum of Modern Art. He oversees the collection and diverse program of exhibitions, events, and acquisitions for the Department of Media and Performance. He also leads The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, the Museum’s new space dedicated to performance, music, sound, spoken word, and expanded approaches to the moving image.

Charlotte Burns is the founder of Studio Burns, commissioning original audio, data and written journalism and consulting on unique editorial projects for select partners. Previously, she created and edited In Other Words, a weekly series of newsletters and podcasts based in New York. Before that, she was the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. In London, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects and, for several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London. Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She lived in New York from 2010 to 2020 and currently lives in the UK.