Michelle Mandarino is an emerging art historian pursuing a curatorial career. As the first generation in her family born in the U.S., issues of migration and accessibility have always colored her academic and professional pursuits. She is currently a Master’s student in Art History at Indiana University, and is also a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Art History as well as a Bachelor’s in French. She is currently the Graduate Curatorial Assistant of European and American art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. In addition to her curatorial interests, Michelle’s research interests include southern Baroque painting and the cross-cultural relationship between Italy and the Spanish Empire and its colonial possessions in the seventeenth century.
Project: Michelle will assist the McKinnon Curator in researching the Chrysler Museum’s permanent collection of early modern North American art for a major gallery rotation focused on the theme of international exchange between Mexican and United States artists.