Voices of Our Times with Sylvia Yount
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge, American Wing
Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sylvia Yount is the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the department of historical work by African American, Euro American, Latin American, and Native American artists, 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 catalogues, 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 Winslow Homer as well as the late nineteenth-century New York art world. Yount continues to lecture and publish widely on American art and culture as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and museum practice.