Presented by Dana Pilson, curatorial researcher and collections coordinator, Chesterwood
Dana Pilson, Chesterwood curatorial researcher and cocurator of Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French, introduces the exhibition and highlights some of the most important works by the two artists. She will also present an illustrated visit “behind the scenes” showing how the exhibition came together, from the initial idea to the selection of objects, conservation and photography of works, and finally packing, shipping, and installation.
About Dana Pilson
Dana Pilson is the curatorial researcher and collections coordinator at Chesterwood, the historic home, studio, and gardens of American sculptor Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she has been working on curatorial and research projects for over ten years. She is a member of the curatorial team for Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French. She and Chesterwood director emerita Donna Hassler contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue focusing on the studio practices and domestic lives of Saint-Gaudens and French. In addition, she is a cowriter with Metropolitan Museum of Art sculpture curator Thayer Tolles of the comprehensive timeline that charts the many parallels between the lives and careers of the two sculptors.