Susan Weber

Director and Founder
Iris Horowitz Professor in the History of the Decorative Arts
18th and 19th-century Decorative Arts Topics

PhD Royal College of Art, London
MA The Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons School of Design
AB Barnard College – Columbia University

As the founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center, my overall interests lie in the study of objects and not only what we can learn from them about how we live now, but how they teach us about how we lived in the past. My own research has focused predominantly on British decorative arts and design of the 18th and 19th centuries. I began my exploration of this area in my dissertation on the work of E.W. Godwin, followed by exhibitions and publications devoted to other British designers such as Thomas Jeckyll, James “Athenian” Stuart, and William Kent. However, over the past few years I have broadened my research beyond British design into other areas of material culture, such as the history of the American circus and Swedish wooden toys. These projects not only reflect my diverse personal interests but the overall breadth and depth of the BGC’s academic and exhibition programs.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • William Kent, 1686-1748: Designing Georgian Britain (editor and contributing author), Yale University Press, forthcoming. 
  • Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties (contributing author), Yale University Press, 2011.
  • James “Athenian” Stuart (editor and contributing author), Yale University Press. 2006. 
  • Georg Jensen Jewelry (contributing author), Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Source: Notes in the History of Art, a quarterly devoted to art history and archaeology (founder and publisher), 1980-present.


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