Victoria S. Reed

Victoria S. Reed was named the Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), in July 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division. Previously, Reed was the Assistant Curator for Provenance (2008–2010) and Research Fellow for Provenance (2003–2008) in the MFA’s Art of Europe department.

Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research. Forthcoming articles will address the art collection of Eugene Garbáty, who fled Nazi persecution in 1938 and settled in New York; Ardelia Hall, Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Adviser to the U.S. State Department; and Walter Westfeld, a Jewish art dealer in Nazi Germany, with whose heirs and estate the MFA reached a financial settlement in 2011 for an Eglon van der Neer painting.

Before joining the MFA, Reed was Friends Curatorial Research Associate at Princeton University Art Museum, where she conducted provenance research and curated a focus exhibition on provenance. Prior to that, she was a graduate lecturing intern and research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reed received her MA and Ph.D. in art history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College.