New Writings in American Art: Virtual Conversation with Mary Anne Goley

  • On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) hosted a virtual book talk featuring author and art historian Mary Anne Goley in conversation with Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Listen as Goley discuss her most recent publication, Democracy’s Medici: The Federal Reserve and the Art of Collecting (2020). During this engaging program, learn more about the author's unorthodox art-historical career as founding director of the Fine Arts Program of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Get an insider’s view of the Federal Reserve's culture, its larger-than-life personalities, and a look into the political backdrop that caused the country's central bank to create its own collections and exhibition program.

    Mary Anne Goley was the founding director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board (1975–2006). She led a fifteen-member advisory panel and worked with Federal Reserve board members and the thirty-six system-wide bank presidents and their directors advising on art policy. She is the author of John White Alexander: An American Artist in the Gilded Age (2018) and Style & Grace: Masterworks of American Art from the Collection of Michael A. and Marilyn L. Mennello (2012) and contributes to numerous publications, including Apollo: The International Art Magazine, among others.

    This program is part of SAAM’s ongoing series New Writings in American Art, highlighting new scholarship and publications in the field of American art.