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Marisa Sanchez started in April as assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at Seattle Art Museum—just before the crush of the opening, so her arrival got kind of buried. No more.

Before this, she worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; got her master's degree in art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and originally, she's a Jersey girl.

So what's she like? Listen in as she details her journey from this

Van Gogh's Room at Arles by van Gogh (1889)

to this

Oval Billiard Table (1996) by Gabriel Orozco

to this

Untitled (Barragan House, 10) (2005) by Luisa Lambri

and to why she's dying to see this.