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Art Study Center Seminar: 20th-Century Women at the Harvard Art Museums

In a storage room, two students examine paintings hung on rolling racks, while two other women sit at desks.
Radcliffe students working in the picture study, second floor, Fogg Museum, April 1966. Photographs of the Harvard Art Museums (HC 22), folder 2.35 [4/8]. Harvard Art Museums Archives, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join the staff of the Harvard Art Museums Archives for a look into the experiences of women who worked and studied at the museums between 1920 and 1990.

Drawing on documents, photographs, and oral history recordings, this talk will explore the Fogg Museum’s and Busch-Reisinger Museum’s legacy as the premier training ground for the next generation of museum professionals. Staff will also share findings from an ongoing project to expand the names of women previously referred to only by their husbands’ names in archival descriptions.

Led by:
Megan Schwenke, Senior Archivist/Records Manager
Michelle Interrante, Assistant Archivist

Free admission, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar will open at 10am on Monday, May 8, 2023, at this link.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the museum staff entrance, and be prepared to present a photo ID. The staff entrance is located next to the museums’ loading dock, at 480 Broadway Street. More details about where to meet inside the museums will be emailed shortly after registration.

Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.

Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.