Drawing of woman holding a book

Anne Guéret, Portrait of an artist with a Portfolio (Self-Portrait?), c. 1793. Black chalk, pen and gray ink and wash, heightened with white gouache on paper, 32 × 40.4 cm. Katrin Bellinger Collection. 2008-012. Photo: Matthew Hollow.


Inspired by the exhibition, Making Her Mark: A History of Women's Art in Europe, 1400-1800, the AGO welcomes art historians and creatives for a series of three in depth conversations. On Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, at 11 a.m. join us for a series of in-depth conversations with art historians and creatives as they walk through the themes of Making Her Mark

Introducing a cast of new artistic heroines, Making Her Mark brings together more than 230 items—from royal portraits to metal work, ceramics, textiles, and cabinetry—all to showcase the diverse contributions of women to Europe’s visual arts. The exhibition is set apart by its exclusive focus on objects made by women; it pioneers a dialogue among women makers from different levels of society, spanning centuries through their art. 

Session 1 - May 4:  Dr. Cristina Acidini, Italian Art Historian, President of the Casa Buonarroti Foundation (Florence, Italy) and Dr. Alexa Greist, AGO Curator and R. Fraser Elliott Chair

Woman with grey hair and glasses

As an art historian Cristina Acidini, born and graduated in Florence, worked for 35 years in the Italian Ministry of Culture, reaching high levels of responsibility as the chief of art museums. She studied and wrote on Renaissance themes, organized exhibitions and directed restorations. Today she presides over 4 cultural institutes.

Prior to joining the AGO in 2016, Alexa Greist held curatorial and research positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania focused on 17th-century Italian printed drawing books, and a Master’s degree, also from the University of Pennsylvania, with a M.A. thesis on the early drawings of Joseph Stella. Greist’s area of specialty is Italian Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings, and at the AGO she is responsible for prints and drawings from 1400-today.  In 2022, Greist co-curated the AGO exhibition, I AM HERE: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces.

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Presented in collaboration with the Istituto italiano di cultura in Toronto.


Session 2 - May 11: Explore lacemaking with Lacemaker Elena Kanagy-Loux 

Female laying down over lace

Elena Kanagy-Loux is a lacemaker and historian who grew up between the US and Japan. With a BFA in textiles from FIT and an MA from NYU, she has won grants to study lace internationally and co-founded Brooklyn Lace Guild. After working at the Metropolitan Museum, she is now a PhD student at Bard Graduate Center.

Session 3 - May 18: 1 Dr. Ingrid Mida explores the lives of women makers across society and time, united by their artistry. 

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Dr. Ingrid Mida (PhD, Art History and Visual Culture) is an art and dress historian and the author of several books including The Dress Detective and Reading Fashion in Art. She has assisted museums and private collectors in North America and Europe in dating and interpreting photographs, artworks, and dress artifacts.



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