Dr Julia Tatiana Bailey
Art Historian and Curator in Prague, Czechia
I am a PhD-qualified art historian and curator, specialising in American, Russian and Central/Eastern European visual culture in the context of the Cold War, (anti)communism and movements for civil rights and independence. I am the founder of Espionart, a research platform exploring art as diplomacy, propaganda and resistance in the Cold War and its aftermath. Find out more and follow the Hot Art/Cold War blog at espionart.com.
I have worked for over fourteen years in some of the world's foremost art museums, in roles spanning curatorial, learning and communications. My career choices have been guided by my passion for making thought-provoking ideas available to diverse audiences and democratising access to cultural experiences, reaching out to local and international communities in the belief that art can improve lives and build understanding. I am currently Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery Prague (Národní Galerie Praha), responsible for exhibitions, acquisitions and collections management. I previously worked as a senior producer at the V&A and a research manager and assistant curator at Tate Modern, held a research fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and directed marketing campaigns at the Royal Academy of Arts.
I hold a PhD in History of Art from University College London, and I regularly accept commissions as an independent curator and cultural producer from institutions across Europe and the US.
Following its premiere on Česká televize, my virtual (masked!) tour of the exhibition 'Echoes of the Venice Biennale: Stanislav Kolíbal' is now available to watch on YouTube (33 mins, English with Czech subtitles).
I am the voice behind 'Do you have a minute?', a new initiative bringing some of the wonderful art held in Prague to audiences worldwide, one work — and one minute — at a time. Follow the NGP on Instagram for regular updates.
My latest article 'An Egg through the Window: Rediscovering Ülo Sooster in the National Gallery Prague' is available for download at Academia.edu (free access).
My article 'The National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and Art in the Shadow of the Cold War' remains the most-read article on the website of the Archives of American Art Journal and is available for download here (paid access).