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Join us for a conversation with Laura Igoe, Chief Curator of the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA and one of the co-curators of the exhibition Daring Design: The Impact of Three Women on Wharton Esherick’s Craft. This exhibition, which is on view at the Michener through February 6, explores the significant impact of three women—Helene Fischer (1879-1970), Hanna Weil (1900-1985), and Marjorie Content (1895-1984)—on Esherick’s career and artistic development. Together, we’ll learn more about how the exhibition was developed, including how Igoe and co-curator Mark Sfirri sought to center different narratives in telling Esherick’s story. 


Laura Turner Igoe, PhD, is the Chief Curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum. She previously held curatorial and research positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and Barnes Foundation. Laura is the co-editor of A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia’s Ecology in the Cultural Imagination and she has contributed essays to the journals American Art, Panorama, and Common-place, and the exhibition catalogue, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment. At the Michener, she curated Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art (2019), Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and the Ecology of Water (2020), and she co-curated Through the Lens: Modern Photography in the Delaware Valley (2021) and the museum’s current special exhibition, Daring Design: The Impact of Three Women on Wharton Esherick’s Craft.

Pictured: “Peter Esherick,” Photo by Marjorie Content, circa 1934.


This is a free online event; advance reservations are required. Please register below to receive instructions on how to join us! If able, please consider a $5 donation to support our ongoing programs. Donate HERE.


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