An award-winning art scholar and museum leader, Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha) is the first full-time curator of Native American Art at The Met, a first in the museum’s 152-year history. She previously served as Senior Executive and Assistant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian-New York, and as Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at The Newberry, in Chicago.
Her curatorial vision and exhibition strategies which foreground Native American and Indigenous perspectives at The Met have been celebrated by the New York Times, The New Yorker, PBS, NPR, Forbes Magazine’s “50 Over 50, 2021: Vision,” Bitch Media, The Magazine Antiques, and have been described as “provocative,” “poetic”, and as “A New Voice in an Old Institution” by The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo.
Her scholarly work examines 20th-century American Indian and American art in context with environmental conflicts and violence in northern New Mexico. Dr. Norby earned her PhD at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison