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Laurette E. McCarthy

Laurette E. McCarthy, Ph.D. is an art historian and curator who specializes in American art and its confluences with multiple modernisms in the early twentieth century. She received her B.A. from Tufts University, M.A. from The George Washington University, and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. She has worked at The Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art and served as the George Gurney Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2016–17. She is the authority on American artist and critic Walter Pach and she is also the foremost expert on the 1913 Armory Show. She has published four books/exhibition catalogues and numerous essays with subjects ranging from American decorative artist Robert Winthrop Chanler to issues of Matronage/Patronage and historic Indiana art. She has curated/co-curated over a dozen exhibitions, lectured extensively, and appeared in two documentary art films.