Kelly Sidley joined Sotheby’s Photographs department in 2019. With twenty years of experience in the museum and educational sectors, she brings a unique perspective to her role as Associate Specialist and Senior Researcher stemming from established relationships with leading artists, curators, and gallerists, as well as important collectors and art patrons. She has written and lectured broadly on modern and contemporary art and served on photography juries and review panels.
From 2006 to 2019 she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art—most recently as Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography—where she organized contemporary collection installations across a variety of mediums as well as photo-specific exhibitions, including Louise Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW (2017) and In Box: Hans-Peter Feldmann’s One Hundred Years (2017). Kelly also served as Lecturer by leading public and private gallery talks and teaching art history courses at the museum. She has curated numerous exhibitions at other venues, and was Researcher in the Drawings and Prints department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Kelly received a PhD in the history of modern and contemporary art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she wrote her dissertation on Andy Warhol’s 1960s self-portraiture. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and English Literature from Dartmouth College.