Kat Zagaria is an independent curator of interdisciplinary art. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History with concentrations in Curatorial Studies and Book Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has worked at a wide array of museums and rare book libraries such as the Walters Art Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, the Newberry Library, the Hans Ulrich Obrist Archive, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently the Curatorial Fellow at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She has presented her research on diverse topics such as street art, ruin photography, and postwar fiber art internationally and is a published scholar. Her curated exhibitions include Tête à Tête at the Zhou B Art Center, Fabric of the Universe at the Adler Planetarium, the 2017 Masters of Fine Arts Show at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the walking, traveling exhibit text/ile: the connection between book art and fiber held at both the Joan Flasch Artists Books Collection and the Stolbun Collection, as well as on the sidewalk in-between.
Kat curates shows with an interdisciplinary intent and an eye towards reimagining societal canons and hierarchies. She believes in the power of art which questions dominant social hegemonies through a critique of the place of media and culture within the economy and in earth's ecosystems. Her exhibitions are both transformational and transitive and deal with creation as a generative verb, always changing and in flux.
email: katzagaria at gmail dot com
pronouns: she | her
* also goes by Kat Buckley