Bradley Brooks is a specialist in historic house museums with a background in American decorative arts. He was appointed curator of the Bayou Bend Collection in December 2014. He came to the MFAH from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), starting in 2000 as director of programs and operations at Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens, where he planned and coordinated the refurnishing and reinterpretation of the early 20th-century 26-acre estate and house museum. Mr. Brooks also led the transition of the Miller House and Garden—a Modernist residence declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000—from private ownership to IMA property. He also served as assistant curator of American decorative arts at the IMA.
Previously, he was director of the McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont from 1995 to 2000 and curator, then director, of the Moody Mansion in Galveston from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Brooks earned a B.A. in communication arts from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in early American culture from the Winterthur Program of the University of Delaware.
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