Minneapolis Institute of Art

Casey Riley oversees the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s (Mia’s) collection of 14,000 photographs and works of new media. She came to Mia in 2018 from the Boston Athenaeum, where she served as assistant curator of the special collections. She led cross-departmental initiatives at the Athenaeum to increase public and scholarly access to the library’s rare materials. She also served as consulting curator for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she co-curated “Henry James and American Painting,” organized with the Morgan Library and Museum in 2017, and “Off the Wall: Gardner and her Masterpieces” in 2016. She is the author of several publications about the history of the Gardner Museum, including its most recent guidebook, published by Yale University Press in 2017. In Minneapolis, Casey has most recently presented “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and “Strong Women, Full of Love: the Photography of Meadow Muska,” a first-ever exhibition of photographs documenting the lives of lesbian communities in Oregon and Minnesota throughout the 1970s.  An experienced educator, Casey is a graduate of Yale University, holds master’s degrees from Brown University and Middlebury College, and earned her PhD from Boston University. She is a specialist in the history of photography as well as the visual and material culture of the nineteenth century, and is passionate about highlighting the work of women photographers throughout the history of the medium.