Martina Droth is Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. She heads a ten-strong department that supports all aspects of the Center’s scholarly and pedagogical mission. The Center runs more than three-hundred programs a year, including talks, seminars, symposia, and teaching programs, workshops that support exhibition development, and a range of opportunities to facilitate research, including student and post-doctoral positions, and a visiting scholar program.
Her own work focuses on sculpture and questions about interdisciplinary approaches to practice, materials, and modes of display, with a particular emphasis on British sculpture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Curatorial projects at the Center include Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, which she co-curated with Glenn Adamson and Simon Olding (YCBA 2017, Fitzwilliam Museum 2018); a display of photographic works and sculptures by Yinka Shonibare MBA (RA); and the exhibition Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 (YCBA 2014, Tate Britain 2015), co-curated with Michael Hatt and Jason Edwards, and accompanied by a book edited by the curators and published by Yale University Press. In 2012 she co-curated Caro: Close Up, and co-edited the accompanying book. Recent publications include “The Greek Slave by Hiram Powers: A Transatlantic Object” (a Terra-funded special issue of Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide co-edited with Michael Hatt) and an annotated edition of Edmund Gosse’s essays 1895 essay The Place of Sculpture in Daily Life. She is the author of the article on “Sculpture” for Oxford Bibliographies.
Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, where she curated exhibitions, developed a wide range of scholarly programs, and was co-editor, with Penelope Curtis, of Subject/Object: New Studies in Sculpture, a series of volumes published with Ashgate. Her exhibitions at the Institute included Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts (2008-2009), which travelled to the J. Paul Getty Museum and was accompanied by an award-winning catalogue. In 2005 she curated Bronze: The Power of Life and Death, and edited the accompanying book. A conference held in Brussels to complement the exhibition was later published as Revival and Invention: Sculpture and its Material Histories (Peter Lang, 2011, co-edited with Sébastien Clerbois).
She is currently working on an exhibition examining the relationship between Henry Moore and Bill Brandt, scheduled for YCBA in summer 2019, and The Hepworth in fall 2019.