Collecting the Papers of Women Artists, Critics, and Dealers: A Conversation With the Archives of American Art
Curators Erin Jenoa Gilbert & Mary Savig
We gathered together on November 19, 2019 for the third in a series of events highlighting The Archives of American Art. Curators Erin Jenoa Gilbert and Mary Savig discussed upcoming programming for the Archives, feminist collecting initiatives, and the importance of preserving and providing access to almost 1,000 collections created by women artists, critics, scholars, collectors and dealers, such as Nancy Spero, Elaine de Kooning, Hedda Sterne, Alice Neel, Alma Thomas, Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Lucy Lippard, Linda Nochlin, Dore Ashton, Aline Saarinen, Virginia Zabriskie, Edith Halper, Betty Parsons and Andrea Rosen. The Archives is a rich and enduring source of knowledge about the history of women’s artistic practice in the United States.
About the Speakers
Erin Jenoa Gilbert
Curator of African American Manuscripts
Erin Jenoa Gilbert is the Curator of African-American Manuscripts at The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Before joining the Archives, Gilbert was an independent curator. She has served as Director of Kruger Gallery; Manager of Community Engagement, Audience Development and Adult Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Associate Director of the Leadership Advisory Committee at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Curator of Manuscripts
Mary Savig has curated numerous exhibitions and has written broadly on
collections at the Archives. Mary specializes in the acquisition of
collections documenting the history of American studio craft and all
collections in the Mid-Atlantic. She is author of Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th Century Artists and Pen to Paper: Artist’s Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. She is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.