She received a PhD in art history from Columbia University in 2014. She was the curator of the exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today (October 2018- February 2019) at Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery in New York City, and the author of its catalogue, as the Wallach’s Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2014-2019). She was a co-curator of the exhibition's expansion at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, The Black Model from Géricault to Matisse and a guest lecturer for its final tour, as The Black Model from Géricault to Picasso, at the Memorial ACTe in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Denise Murrell previously received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She taught art history at Columbia University in New York and Paris.
While based at the Institute at Reid Hall Paris in the spring and summer of 2019, Denise participated in extensive public and educational programming for the Black Model exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay, including as program co-chair for the first day of the exhibition's symposium, which was held at Reid Hall. She also taught a summer undergraduate seminar at Reid Hall, titled "The Black Voices of Black Model," and gave a talk about the Orsay exhibition hosted by Séverine Martin.
Denise Murrell is an Associate Curator, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Photo credit: "Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Eileen Travell"