Curator of Japanese Art
Dr. Sinéad Vilbar is curator of Japanese art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She holds a PhD from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University. She was a Japan Foundation predoctoral fellow at Tōhoku University in Sendai, Japan. Her recent exhibitions with publications include Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art (2019), an international loan exhibition organized with the special cooperation of the Nara National Museum, and Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III (2017), which celebrated the bequest to the CMA of Japanese medieval ink paintings and ceramics from George Gund III (1937–2013) and featured the painting Reeds and Geese, bearing an inscription by Chinese émigré monk Yishan Yining (1247–1317). Vilbar was also coordinating curator for Remaking Tradition: Modern Art of Japan from the Tokyo National Museum (2014). She is currently at work on an upcoming exhibition representing the outgrowth of her research for Remaking Tradition and Measured Modernity (2017), an exploration of the CMA’s collection of modern Japanese art presented in the Japanese permanent collection galleries that also highlighted porcelains on loan from the collection of James and Christine Heusinger.