MOWA hires Friedman as associate curator of contemporary art

June 16, 2018

WEST BEND - The Museum of Wisconsin Art announced Thursday the hiring of J. Tyler Friedman as associate curator of contemporary art. Friedman assumed his post on MOWA’s senior staff June 1.

Friedman is completing his doctoral work at Marquette University.

According to a news release, as a member of Marquette’s philosophy department, Friedman’s research has focused on aesthetics and 20th century German thought, with an emphasis on the philosophy of culture and the phenomenological movement. His dissertation introduces ethnomusicological theory to the philosophy of music in order to develop a more adequate and comprehensive account of the role of music in human life.

While researching and teaching several courses (philosophy of human nature, theories of ethics and business ethics) at Marquette, Friedman has also been a freelance arts writer. Since 2013, he has written the Shepherd Express’ weekly Art Previews column as well as occasional pieces on the local jazz scene and other cultural events.

He was the recipient of the Smith Family Fellowship in 2016-17 and he received the Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship in 2017-18.