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The Decorative Arts and Design collection comprises European and American furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles, arms and armor, and architectural elements from the Renaissance to the present day. Collection strengths include 18th-century European ceramics and silver, 19th-century American decorative arts, and modern and contemporary design.

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David Conradsen is the Grace L. Brumbaugh and Richard E. Brumbaugh Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. He holds a master's degree in early American culture from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program and has been with the Saint Louis Art Museum since 1994.

David recently co-organized the exhibition St. Louis Modern which explored midcentury modern design in the St. Louis region. He is a contributing author of the St. Louis Modern exhibition catalogue, and author of the exhibition catalogues Useful Beauty: American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections and University City Ceramics: Art Pottery of the American Woman's League. He also has contributed an essay on early exhibitions and collections of Newcomb Pottery to The Art & Craft of Newcomb Pottery, published by Tulane University in 2012.

In the Museum galleries, David has installed recent acquisitions including a 1903 stained-glass lantern designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Peoria's Little House, and he is planning the first major reinstallation of the Decorative Arts and Design galleries since 1989.

Assistant Curator

Genevieve Cortinovis is assistant curator of decorative arts and design. She holds a master's degree in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. She has contributed to several exhibitions and publications including Dutch New York from East to West published by Yale University Press and Crafting Modernism for the Museum of Art and Design. Genevieve served as co-curator of St. Louis Modern, and contributed several essays to the catalogue. She also recently organized Blow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design.

Genevieve is working closely with David Conradsen to develop plans for the forthcoming reinstallation of the decorative arts and design galleries. Her expertise in textiles and modern and contemporary design will bring fresh perspectives to these areas of the collection.