All posts by Austen Barron Bailly

Austen Barron Bailly

Austen Barron Bailly

Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art, joined PEM in 2013 after 11 years in the American art department at LACMA. She is originally from New Orleans. She loves to take her 2 year old daughter and 4 year old son to Winter Island. Follow @austenbailly on Instagram.


Discovering Denys Wortman

Last summer, not too long after the June 2015 of American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang. To my utter …

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Saving Salem

At my New Orleans elementary school in seventh grade Mrs. Labouisse taught Louisiana history. She made us memorize all 64 parishes and taught us to write a research report. I …

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Benton and cotton

A few months ago, I gave a lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago called “Cotton Picking, American Art and Thomas Hart Benton.” The Art Institute recently acquired Cotton Pickers …

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Domestic bliss

Before joining PEM, I lived in Los Angeles for nearly 12 years, and for me, industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss’ encapsulation of a California mindset still rings very true…from 1947. On …

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California dreaming

Almost every day in L.A. is like a perfect summer’s afternoon in coastal New England: sunny, warm, dry, a fresh cooling breeze off the ocean, the scent of flowers in …