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Melissa Venator

Harvard Art Museums
Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow
Massachusetts, Cambridge
Melissa Venator (Ph.D. 2016 Rice University) joined the Harvard Art Museums in 2016 to support exhibition and public programs for the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s historic Bauhaus collection. She is a curator and historian of modern European and American art specializing in the art of interwar Germany and the intersection of art and technology. The Bauhaus features prominently in her dissertation, “The Spotlight, the Reflector, the Electric Sign: Light Art in 1920s Germany,” in which she examines experimental electric light art through the spread of lighting technologies after World War I. In addition to curating the museums’ exhibition of Hans Arp’s Constellations II, Melissa has investigated the industrial art of New Objectivity artist Carl Grossberg and the Busch-Reisinger’s extensive holdings of photographs by Lucia Moholy. She is currently researching the color seminar taught by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack during the winter semester of 1922-23 at the Bauhaus in Weimar.

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