Forums and Panels

The Norton Gallery of Art, circa 1940s; Nathaniel Silver

Barnes, Gardner, Norton, and Phillips: American Collectors and Their Museums


Panel Discussion

Saturday, March 9 / 2 pm

Admission is free, pre-registration is requested


To mark the publication of Ralph Norton and His Museum, by Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, this program places Museum founder Ralph Norton in the context of other American collectors who founded museums in the first half of the 20th century. Nathaniel Silver, Curator of the Collection of The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; Thom Collins, Executive Director of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; and Susan Behrends Frank, Curator of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., provide insight about the collectors who founded their respective institutions. A panel discussion follows, moderated by Roberts.




Clockwise from top: Nathaniel Silver, Curator of the Collection of The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Susan Behrends Frank, Curator of The Phillips Collection; Thom Collins, Executive Director and President, The Barnes Foundation; Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art.