Wonderful Women Wednesday: Barbara Brennan

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

Between 1980 and 2013, Barbara Brennan served as an exhibition designer at the National Air and Space Museum, where she headed the Exhibits Design Division for two decades. She was responsible for the overall design and presentation of various major galleries and exhibitions, including The Wright Brothers & Invention of the Aerial Age, which celebrated 100 years of flight.

In 2009, she curated a solo exhibition containing more than 30 works by artist Wang Ming for the Museum. 

Today, she educates the next generation of Museum professionals at the George Washington University, where she teaches courses on exhibition design. 

Brennan marks a mark on an exhibition design that is printed out and hanging on a wall. Two men in s

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