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Project Director and co-author of  "Manierre Dawson Catalogue Raisonné."

Myra Bairstow is an independent art scholar, curator and writer.  She

co-authored the Manierre Dawson Catalogue Raisonné and served as the Project Director. Ms. Bairstow’s curatorial exhibitions on Dawson include Manierre Dawson:  American Pioneer of Abstract Art (New York: Hollis Taggart Galleries), Manierre Dawson:  New Revelations (Chicago: Hollis Taggart Galleries) and Manierre Dawson:  A Catalogue Raisonné (New York: Hollis Taggart Galleries). She has managed the Estate of Manierre Dawson for over a decade.


In addition to her work with Dawson, Ms. Bairstow is one of the leading scholars on the painting entitled ‘Suicide of Dorothy Hale’ by artist Frida Kahlo. Her play, “The Rise of Dorothy Hale” was produced off-broadway. Ms. Bairstow and the cast members were featured guests of NASDAQ to ring the closing bell. Ms. Bairstow was featured in Philadelphia’s NBC 10 documentary on Frida Kahlo.  This documentary, entitled ‘Frida’, was filmed in conjunction with the traveling Kahlo exhibit “Frida Kahlo:  National Homage 1907-2007” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has lectured on Kahlo and Hale at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Ms. Bairstow’s lecture was presented at LACMA’S Bing Theatre in conjunction with the exhibition “In Wonderland:  The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artist in Mexico and the United States.”


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Department of Art History, PennState 

Randy Ploog, Ph.D., is an art historian whose research has focused on Manierre Dawson for nearly fifteen years. He co-authored the Manierre Dawson Catalogue Raisonné and has published a number of essays on Dawson including the exhibition catalogues, Manierre Dawson: America Pioneer of Abstraction Art (New York: Hollis Taggart Galleries) and Manierre Dawson: New Revelations (Chicago: Hollis Taggart Galleries). He has also lectured on the artist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Chicago Architecture Foundation; West Shore Community College, Ludington, Michigan; and at Virginia Tech University.  

Ploog is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of International Programs for the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.

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