Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art
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M.A., New York University
B.A., Wellesley College
Mary McWilliams serves as curator for Islamic art and for the arts of South Asia of the early modern era (16th–20th century). An expert in Islamic art, she focuses on the applied arts, particularly textiles, ceramics, and lacquer. She has curated (and often co-curated) numerous exhibitions on Islamic art, including On the Path of Madness: Representations of Majnun in Persian, Turkish, and Indian Painting (2007); Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600–1900 (2008); In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art (2013); and most recently, Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran (2017).
Roxburgh, David. J., and Mary McWilliams. Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2017.
“Reflections of the Najaf Circle of Artists in Isfahan.” In An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran, ed. David J. Roxburgh, 60–67. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2017.
“True Marvels: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar’s Collection of Persian Lacquer.” In A Collector’s Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer, ed. Massumeh Farhad, Mary McWilliams, and Simon Rettig, 26–37. Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, 2017.
McWilliams, Mary, ed. In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2013.