The High Museum of Art in Atlanta today announced that Monica Obniski has been appointed Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Obniski is currently Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She will join The High, where she will oversee exhibitions and programming as well as her collection of more than 2,300 objects, on March 16. Obniski will also lead the museum’s Piazza activations, a multi-year initiative launched in 2014 to liven up its outdoor space with site-specific commissions.
“Monica is a forward-thinking curator with a proven track record in organizing fascinating exhibitions, creating new scholarships and building strong collections,” said Museum Director Rand Suffolk. “These accomplishments, combined with her commitment to expand the field and engage diverse audiences, position her perfectly to lead the continued growth of our decorative arts and design department. “
Obniski began her career in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art before working at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2007 to 2014, including four years as assistant curator of American decorative arts. Obniski joined the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2015. During her tenure, she organized “Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980” with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America” (2018) with the Denver Art Museum; and “Jaime Hayon: Technicolor” (2017-18) and relocated the institution’s modern and contemporary design galleries for its reopening in November 2015.
Commenting on her new role, she said: “I am delighted to contribute to the High’s mission of diversity, inclusion and accessibility, as well as to build on the remarkable collection of decorative arts and design. of the museum. As a curator and historian committed to the discursive power of design, I look forward to connecting with Atlanta’s architecture and design communities and convening conversations on meaningful topics.