Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Erica Hirshler joined the Paintings Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) in 1983 and was named Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas, in 2001. Dr. Hirshler’s expertise is in American paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, patronage and collecting, Boston history and women artists. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Wellesley College and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. She has published extensively, taught both graduate and undergraduate students and lectured at museums and other cultural institutions across the United States and abroad.
Dr. Hirshler co-organized John Singer Sargent Watercolors with the Brooklyn Museum and also curated Sisters in Art: Women Painters and Designers, which was recently on view in Japan at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In conjunction with Sargent Watercolors, she has written the main essay, entitled “Sargent’s Watercolors: Not for Sale” and a section called “In Venice” for the exhibition publication. Past projects include authoring Sargent’s Daughters (2009), a biography of the MFA masterpiece The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882) that received critical acclaim; and contributing to the 2010 publication Paintings of the Americas, later made available online––the MFA’s first-ever free web-based catalogue.
Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art
Teresa Carbone joined the Brooklyn Museum in 1985 as Assistant Curator for Research in the Department of American Art and was appointed Associate Curator of American Art in 1991 before becoming Curator in 1998. She currently holds the title of Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. She co-organized John Singer Sargent Watercolors with the MFA, authoring sections of the catalog including “In Villa Gardens,” “Bedouin Encounter,” “Portraits at Hand” and “Sunlight on Stone.” Dr. Carbone received her Master’s in the History of Art from the University of Delaware, and her Doctorate from the CUNY Graduate Center.
In 2011, Dr. Carbone curated and was the lead author for the major exhibition and catalogue, Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, the first wide-ranging presentation of American painting, sculpture and photography from the Jazz Age. She is currently co-curating Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, which debuts at the Brooklyn Museum in March 2014. Dr. Carbone served as co-curator of the major exhibition Eastman Johnson: Painting America, in 1999, and as co-author and volume editor of the accompanying exhibition catalogue. She was project director for American Identities: A New Look, the critically acclaimed 2001 reinstallation of the Brooklyn Museum’s American art galleries. More recently she completed the project to which she had devoted much of her tenure—serving as principal author of the two-volume scholarly catalogue American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 450,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions, including John Singer Sargent Watercolors. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The MFA’s multi-media guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit mfa.org or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.