Hi, I'm Megan Baker.

About Me

I am a student in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute, where I am a curatorial intern. My research focuses on in the long-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in European art, looking at violence and space, with special interests in issues of connoisseurship, the market and the history of collecting.

timeline

  • 1989

    Born in New England

    As the daughter of an archaeologist, I grew up in field schools and playing in labs, piecing together fragments of pots in a tray and dusting dirt off broken clay pipe stems. My love of material culture dates back to these child hood experiences on digs, while my love of period rooms originates in summer camps at historical societies and museums. I formally fell in love with art history during my first class as a sophomore in high school.

  • 2008

    Graduated from high school
    Moved to Berlin, Germany

    I moved to Berlin as an au pair four days after graduating from high school as what started out as a gap year, and turned into my home for five years. While there, I taught English in pre- and grade schools, got schooled myself in music on dance floors across the city, and roamed through museums and galleries across Europe.

  • 2013

    Began undergraduate studies at Columbia University

    After moving back to the States, I enrolled at Columbia. There, I studied art history and wrote my senior thesis on Rose Ducreux, a female artist active in revolutionary France, and how new technology can improve connoisseurship techniques.

  • 2016

    Graduated from Columbia
    Began graduate studies at Williams College

    At Williams and the Clark, I have become particularly interested in the spread of culture and ideas across Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, power dymanics, and violence. I am particularly interested in eighteenth-century Denmark.

Experiences

Clark Art Institute
9/2016 - Present
Curatorial Intern
I work closely with the curatorial staff on research projects for the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, writing interpretative texts, researching provenance, and assisting with object installation.
Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Academic Year 2015-2016
Bibliographic Assistant
Handled, processed, and shelved books and other library resources, and assisted researchers in locating library and museum materials.
A Virtual Enlightenment: Barnard-Mellon Teaches
Summer 2015
Post-Production Intern
Worked with Barnard College Professor Anne Higonnet and Metropolitan Museum of Art Curators to digitally interpret an eighteenth-century French period room, building upon a website built during Spring semester 2015. This collaborative project is available here, and was written up in Journal18.
Christie's
Spring 2015
Books and Manuscripts Intern
Did research on copyright and provenance
Catalogued items for upcoming auctions
Provided general office assistance
Intern to a Brooklyn Based Artist
Summer 2014
Intern and General Assistant
Responsible for scanning artwork for database and cataloging
Created a catalog of 600+ photograms
Gained experience in handling and cleaning large photo negatives
Cleaned up images digitally in Adobe Photoshop

Contact

megan@meganbaker.net