Joan Irving was Curator for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, from 1972-2012. Starting as curator of Lessing J. Rosenwald’s collection, she oversaw its transfer to the National Gallery in 1980. She was the NGA’s first Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings; as Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art she organized exhibitions on Gemini GEL, Crown Point Press, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns and Romare Bearden among others, and oversaw the distribution to museums across the US of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. Now based in Philadelphia, she is Chair of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Board and serves on the board of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Was Fanny Palmer the Powerhouse Behind Currier & Ives?

F. and S. Palmer, Church of the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights (1845), color lithograph, image 49.7 x 30 cm, sheet 57.35 x 39.1 cm. Winterthur Museum, Library purchase, 1973.567.

Born in Leicester, England, in 1812, Frances (“Fanny”) Flora Bond Palmer (1812–1876) was among the most talented and prolific women artists of the 19th century. She is mainly known in the United States, as the creator of Across the Continent Read More