Head, Division of European and American Art, and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Curator of American Art
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Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Williams College
Ethan Lasser is responsible for the collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from 1660 to 1920. In addition, he leads the European and American curatorial team, which cares for works of art from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. A specialist in early America, Lasser is committed to interpreting American art in an international context, asking new questions about artisanal knowledge and practice, and investigating the history of collecting and museums.
Lasser, Ethan W., ed. The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2017.
“The Maker’s Share: Tools for the Study of Process in American Art.” In A Companion to American Art, ed. John Davis, Jennifer Greenhill, and Jason LaFountain, 95–110. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
“The Return of the Wunderkammer: Material Culture in the Museum.” In Writing Material Culture History, ed. Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello, 225–40. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
“A Spirited Conversation: The European and American Galleries at the Harvard Art Museums.” The Magazine Antiques 184 (1) (January/February 2015): 204–9.
“Sanford Robinson Gifford.” In American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Miniatures by Artists Born Before 1826, ed. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Melissa Renn, 222–23. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2014.
“Thomas Smith.” In American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Miniatures by Artists Born Before 1826, ed. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Melissa Renn, 437. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2014.
“Factory Craft: Art and Industry in Conversation.” The Journal of Modern Craft 6 (3) (November 2013): 315–20.
“Selling Silver: The Business of Copley’s Paul Revere.” American Art 26 (3) (Fall 2012): 26–43.
*Winner of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for excellence in the field of American art history
“An Unlikely Match: On the Curator’s Role in the Social Work of the Museum.” Museum Management and Curatorship 27 (3) (2012): 205–12.