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Marguerita Mergentime

Donna Ghelerter, Author and Editor, Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas, West Madison Press, 2017, distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P.

Marguerita Mergentime, largely forgotten in the history of American design, is the subject of the new Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas. Essays highlight Mergentime’s life and career, and over 150 images illustrate her designs that brought asymmetry, politics, folk art, typography, and quizzes to the table.

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Researcher & Writer  annual Cora Ginsburg LLC catalogue

Appraiser  member Appraisers Association of America, private clients and estates, including donations to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and other institutions

Design Researcher  private clients

Collections Advisor  private clients


Author and Editor  Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas, West Madison Press, 2017

Copy Editor  Aperture magazine, 2015 – ongoing

Copy Editor  William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007–2016, The Mint Museum, 2017

Copy Editor  The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 exhibit, New York Historical Society, 2017

Copy Editor  International Center of Photography, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, 2015

Writer  “Marking Cloth” in Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), 2010

Writer & Image Rights  Cynthia Murphy Designs catalogue


ABOUT  Textile and fashion historian, appraiser, writer, and editor in New York City    Extensive experience managing exhibition and publishing projects    Excellent writing and editing    Detail-oriented attention    Broad interests in arts and culture

MUSEUM WORK  Museum for African Art, Director of Curatorial Affairs    American Museum of Natural History, Curatorial Assistant    Projects for the International Center of Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, Wright’s Ferry Mansion, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, among others

GALLERY WORK  Cora Ginsburg LLC, Assistant Director for one of the premier galleries in antique textiles and costumes, with clients that include museums and private collectors worldwide

SELECT EXHIBITIONS  Museum for African Art: El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa (2011); Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria (2010); Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art (2008)    American Museum of Natural History: African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire (1990)

SELECT PUBLICATIONS  Museum for African Art: El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa (2011), Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection (2008), Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art (2008)    Projects for International Center of Photography, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, 2015, and The Walther Collection, The Order of Things, 2015

SELECT WRITINGS  Contributor, “Marking Cloth” in Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), 2010    Co-author, Wright’s Ferry Mansion, 2005, a two-volume catalogue of the museum’s decorative arts collection    Co-author, “Mr. Expanding Universe: Isamu Noguchi’s Affiliations Across the New York Art World(s) of the 1930s,” in Isamu Noguchi - Sculptural Design, 2001    Co-founder and co-editor of Pink, 1995-2001, an art journal

TEACHING  Adjunct Professor, History of Western Textiles, Fall 2010, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Master of Arts Program: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS  Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, with current USPAP certification    Textile Society of America    Costume Society of America    American Alliance of Museums

EDUCATION  M.A., Museum Studies: Costume and Textile History, the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), New York City    B.A., English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Allentown Art Museum, Penn.

Cora Ginsburg LLC, New York

International Center of Photography, New York

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Cynthia Murphy Designs, New York

Private collectors and estates

Project Row Houses, Houston

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York

The Walther Collection, New York

Wright’s Ferry Mansion, Columbia, Penn.



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