Michal Goldschmidt is Assistant Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain. Michal is a specialist in British modernism with a particular concern for the British Empire in the twentieth century. Michal was awarded a PhD in History of Art and Architecture by Brown University for her dissertation, ‘Interwar Explorations of Empire and British Identity: Modernism in Mandate Palestine’. Her dissertation examines the works of British citizens who travelled to Palestine while it was under British rule. More broadly, it explores the question of whether nations, ideological movements, or geographies – either real or imagined – have their own innate aesthetic, thereby scrutinising the assorted relationships between British identity, empire and cultural production.
Prior to joining Tate Britain, Michal worked as Curatorial Assistant at the Barbican Centre, London, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, working particularly closely on the exhibition ‘Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain, 1945-65’, and a display of Le Fauconnier’s ‘Mountaineers Attacked by Bears’, 1910-12. As a curator, Michal is interested in the ways we can reconceive displays, exhibitions and national collections to better reflect the complexities of modern identities and experiences.