Emily Schuchardt Navratil brings deep knowledge of the Jan and Marica Vilcek art collection, and the Vilcek Foundation art program in general, to her position as curator. She is charged with the curation and research of the Vilcek Foundation’s art collections; generating catalogue records; organizing, maintaining, and updating, the art collection database and records; and planning and supporting scholarly publications and exhibitions. Dr. Navratil has curated the traveling exhibitions, Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts, and Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War. For the Vilcek Foundation galleries, she has curated the 2020-2021 exhibitions of The Synchromists and Oscar Bluemner’s Sonnet Series; the 2019 exhibition of Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs, and the 2013 exhibition of With Color, to coincide with the publication of Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection.
In addition to the aforementioned exhibitions, Dr. Navratil works with other institutions to bring the foundation’s collections and exhibitions to global audiences, both via loans and through the curation and development of larger, collection-focused exhibitions. These partnerships include the exhibition New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Collection, which opened in 2015 at the Philbrook Museum of Art and traveled to the Phoenix Art Museum and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. She coordinated an exhibition of highlights from the collection at the Art Museum of South Texas in 2018, and long-term loans to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. She is currently working on a collaboration with the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research.
Dr. Navratil earned her Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a master’s degree from Hunter College. Her interest in art is wide-ranging, from Native North American art to Piet Mondrian and Willem de Kooning. She has worked for major institutions, notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Montclair Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Navratil has worked with the Vilcek Collection since 2009, previously serving as associate curator, assistant curator, and curatorial assistant.