Eye of the Expert: Views of Boston
with Christina Michelon, Graham Skinner, and Hannah Weisman
Miss traveling? Join “tour guides” Assistant Curator Christina Michelon, Rare Materials Catalog Librarian Graham Skinner, and Director of Education Hannah Weisman for an evening of armchair travel through our own extraordinary city, focused on the work of three twentieth-century artists.
Michelon will explore how historic architecture was perceived in the 1930s as well as today by examining Berenice Abbott’s sharply-focused and high-contrast views of Boston’s built environment. Shifting from a documentarian to tourist perspective, Skinner will take us to some of Boston’s iconic destinations depicted in poet, travel writer, and artist Chiang Yee’s original illustrations for his 1959 book, The Silent Traveller in Boston. And Weisman will lead us into the South End to experience the neighborhood as painter and illustrator Allan Rohan Crite knew it in 1977 when he created An Artist’s Sketchbook of the South End during his residency at the Museum of African American History.
Christina Michelon, PhD, is assistant curator of special collections at the Boston Athenæum. She received her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota with a specialization in American visual and material culture. Prior to joining the Athenæum, she completed a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society and a postdoctoral fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.
Graham Skinner is a rare materials catalog librarian, focusing primarily on the Athenæum’s rare books and visual materials. They earned their master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons University and hold a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Indiana University of Bloomington.
Prior to serving as the Athenæum’s director of education, Hannah Weisman worked at The Farmers’ Museum (NY), Shelburne Museum (VT), and Historic Newton. She holds a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. When she’s not at the BA, she can be found volunteering for SpeakEasy Stage Company or teaching a community tai chi class.