In college, one of my favorite ways to relax—and also begin research—was to go to the library and skim the shelves. Even if I were armed with a printout listing books I needed to pull, there was always a discovery waiting. Archives filled with rows and rows of uniform boxes rarely present this same serendipity; there are no brightly colored book spines to catch the eye or give context to what one might find inside.
As designers, business women, gallery owners, curators, critics and writers, educators, and collectors, American women have made significant contributions to the evolution and public understanding of modernist art and design in our country.
An intriguing portrait of artist Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000) in her studio captured my attention recently. I knew little of Bothwell’s life and work as a painter, printmaker, and art instructor…
The Eameses have been on my mind a lot lately. My husband and I are doing some redecorating in our living room, which has had me doing a lot of reading on mid-century modern furniture and (admittedly) a little browsing on eBay–as I’ve been scheming ways to work an Eames chair into the room (and into our budget).
As a writer researching a writer I revere, working with the Esther McCoy papers is an incomparable experience: the more I learn, the better it gets.