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Curatorial profile

Lan Morgan, Assistant Curator

Lan Morgan, Assistant Curator

Lan Morgan joined PEM in 2018. Her work on PEM’s Asian Export Art gallery received the 2020 Exhibition Award from the Association of American Art Curators. She formerly served as a Curatorial Fellow for American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, where she catalogued and prepared the collection during a $33 million renovation. She was also an Administrator for the European Decorative Arts department at Sotheby’s, New York, and has more recently contributed to curatorial projects at several Connecticut River Valley historical societies. Most recently at PEM, Morgan co-curated the 2022 Putnam Gallery of Native American and American Art, On This Ground: Being and Belonging in America.

Morgan holds a BA in Communication and Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. As a Lois F. McNeil graduate fellow, her thesis examined the work of the American portraitist James Earl and his transatlantic networks of mercantile patronage. Morgan’s current research interests include cross-cultural exchange in the decorative arts, New England material culture, and early modern European and American portraiture traditions.