Dennis Carr

Dennis Carr
Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art
Department: Art

Dennis Carr joined The Huntington as the Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art in January 2020. For the previous 13 years, he was the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His recent exhibitions include the critically acclaimed “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia”; “Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu”; and “Collecting Stories: Native American Art.”

He contributed to Art and Industry in Early America (2016), which won the Charles F. Montgomery Book Prize and the Historic New England Book Prize. He holds graduate degrees in the history of art at Yale University and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, and he was a 2019 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. His projects at The Huntington have included “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” the biennial of contemporary art with the Hammer Museum, and “Borderlands,” a reinstallation of the Virginia Steele Scott and Lois and Robert F. Erburu Galleries of American Art, as well as an ongoing partnership with Ghetto Film School.


Posted on Feb. 21, 2023
Posted on Jun. 14, 2022
Laura Aguilar, #118, from the series Grounded, 2006–2007, printed 2018, inkjet print, 22 x 17 in. Gift of the Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016. © Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016. The Huntington Library, Art…
Posted on Nov. 17, 2021
Charles Bird King, Moanahonga (Great Walker), An Ioway Chief, ca. 1824, oil on panel, 17 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. Purchased with funds from the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation Acquisition Fund for…
Posted on Jan. 27, 2021
John Hilling, Before the Burning of the Old South Church in Bath, Maine, ca. 1854, oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 27 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. (55.2 x 70.8 x 5.4 cm.). Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. The…


Posted on Apr. 2, 2024

Scholars reexamine Sargent Claude Johnson’s life and work through a new lens, exploring his role within the development of American modernism and his influence among artists. From sculptures of underrepresented subjects to majestic architectural commissions, Johnson’s oeuvre is viewed within an expansive framework of global modernism.