Talk: Artists and the artist mannequin

Date(s) - Jun 08


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mannequins: from the artist’s studio to fetish object’ on view at the Musée Bourdelle through July 12, the Mona Bismarck American Center invites you to attend a talk by Dr. Elliot Bostwick Davis, entitled Artists and the Artist Mannequin: From Edgar Degas to Jamie Wyeth. 

Elliot Bostwick Davis is the John Moors Cabot Art Chair of the Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Since 2001 she has been responsible for the MFA’s extensive Art of the Americas collection of approximately 15,000 works, including one of the world’s preeminent assemblages of American paintings, decorative arts and sculpture. Ms. Davis led the curatorial team that created the award-winning Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Foster and Partners, which opened in November 2010.

Prior to joining the MFA, Ms. Bostwick Davis was responsible for American, British and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its Department of Drawings and Prints from 1992–1999. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, where she served as chair of the Curatorial Committee and a trustee of the New York Academy of Art. She completed 14 years of service as a trustee of the Groton School in Massachusetts, served as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators and is currently a counselor for the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, a trustee of the North Bennet Street School in Boston and a trustee of Mass Humanities.

Ms. Bostwick Davis received her M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. She also studied studio art and printmaking at the Arts Students League of New York. Before attending Columbia, Ms. Davis earned a Masters of Art from New York University and is a cum laude graduate of the Department of Art History and Archaeology from Princeton University.

The talk will be followed by a cocktail reception.