Michelle Millar Fisher is a curator and an architecture and design historian. The recipient of an MA and an M.Phil in Art History from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, she received an M.Phil from and is currently completing her doctorate in architectural history at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). She is currently The Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where the next exhibition she will work on will engage design futures. She has long been interested in the confluence of gender and design, the subject of an independent co-organized exhibition and co-published book, I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment (January 2018), in conjunction with muca-Roma, Mexico City.
From 2014-2018 she was a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she co-organized, amongst others, the exhibitions Design and Violence, This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, From the Collection, 1960-1969 and, most recently, the 2017 exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? and the accompanying catalogue. As part of co-organizing this exhibition with Paola Antonelli, Fisher researched fashion extensively and widely.
Previously, she worked at the Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She frequently lectures at conferences and symposia, and teaches at Parsons The New School for Design and, in past semesters, CUNY’s Baruch College and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Her research centers on social histories of design, architecture, and the intersection of contemporary art, museums, and art pedagogy. In 2011, she founded ArtHistoryTeachingResources.org, a Kress Foundation-funded project now used in over 185 countries.
Email: michellemillarfisher [at] gmail [dot] com