Agency history, 1982-

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  • Taylor, Lisa 1933-1991
  • Conelli, Maria
  • Joyce, Henry
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Smithsonian Associates


Agency History


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  • Smithsonian Annals, 1982-1984, 1987, 1996
  • Smithsonian Institution Directory, 1982-1999
  • Resources & Education (masters program in the history of decorative arts), 5/7/01
  • Program: History of Decorative Arts, 5/31/01
  • The Cooper-Hewitt Museum first offered a Masters Program in European decorative arts in 1982. It was intended to draw on the Museum's collections and staff expertise to teach the materials, interpretation, and design styles of European decorative arts from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. The Program was jointly taught with the Parsons School of Design. In 1996, the two institutions began a Masters Program in American decorative arts, taught in association with the Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C. The Program offers professional training but goes beyond connoisseurship to include consideration of historical and cultural issues; understanding of the relationship of materials, form, and function; and the development of communication skills.
  • Lisa Taylor, Director of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, founded the European arts program, which was directed by Henry Joyce (part-time) from 1982 until about 1990. Maria Conelli became the first full-time Director, serving 1991- , and established the program in American decorative arts.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1982
  • 1982-


  • Decoration and ornament
  • Art museums
  • Decorative arts


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00269

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