Friends of the NHA Virtual Lecture with Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Sylvia Yount

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to host Sylvia Yount, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator-in-Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a virtual Friends of the NHA lecture on Wednesday, July 15 at 6 pm, free to the public. Dr. Yount will reflect on the global museum’s local founding, in 1870, with a special focus on progressive women artists and tastemakers at the center of the late-19th-century New York art world.

Sylvia Yount is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the department of historical African American, Euro American, Latin American, and Native American art, from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. Before moving to the Met, she served as Chief Curator and the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art and department head at the High Museum of Art.

She began her curatorial career at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, America’s oldest art school and museum. In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations at her former institutions, Yount has organized major exhibitions, with accompanying catalogs, on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics, focused on women and artists of color in regional and national contexts. She is currently working on exhibitions of historical Native North American art, Jacob Lawrence, Winslow Homer, and the late-nineteenth-century New York art world.

This lecture is presented by the Friends of the NHA, which was established in 1986 to seek significant acquisitions for the NHA ‘s collections and has enabled the NHA to acquire numerous artifacts, works of art, and documents, and ensures that such objects stay on or return to Nantucket to be enjoyed by the people of the island.

Held virtually via Zoom, click here to register.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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