September 29, 2010  |  Modern Women
Modern Women Through MoMA’s History

For the publication Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, Michelle Elligott, the Museum Archivist, contributed a wonderful essay entitled “Modern Women: A Partial History,” a kind of lexicon comprising historical entries on and capsule biographies of selected noteworthy women throughout the Museum’s history. In this video, she discusses some of these women and their impact both at MoMA and within the museum field in general.

MoMA was founded by three women, and women have continued to play a central role at the Museum. To complement our study of work by women artists in the Museum’s collection, Connie Butler and I wished to call attention to the contributions of women who have worked at the Museum—founders, trustees, staff members, and more—past and present.


As an artist, and amateur curator, it is fantastic to hear the story about my great, great, aunt, Sarah Newmeyer, who died tragically before I was even born. I was very close to her sister, my great-grandmother Helen, who lived in San Francisco, and I inherited some of the newspaper articles about Sarah, and her personal mementos from her employment at the museum as well. I will definitely order the book! Sincerely, Joy Bertinuson

Wow, MOMA, so to good to know you. Just came to this blog and am so very happy to be able to hear this in far away Texas.

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