Lynne Ambrosini is director of collections and exhibitions and curator of European art at The Taft Museum of Art.
What was your motivation or inspiration for this exhibit?
The Tafts purchased three beautiful paintings by Daubigny that are in our collection. When we do exhibitions, we like to explore topics related to our permanent collection so we learn more about our works. Also, I knew Daubigny was an artist who has not received adequate attention from scholars and has never previously had an international exhibition.
Where are you from, and what is your professional background?
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Received a Ph.D. in art history from New York University, have done curatorial work at Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Taft Museum of Art, and researched and published in field of 19th-century French painting and sculpture. I have been at the Taft 11 years.
Favorite part of your job?
Visual contact with the art works in our permanent collection and planning and installing traveling exhibitions.
What do you collect yourself?
Some 19th-century prints and drawings, a few 20th-century paintings, and – most affordably – handmade boxes (by artists and craftspeople) in a variety of materials.
Favorite travel destination, museum?
I love to spend time in small Italian hill towns in regions that are not overrun by tourists. However, my favorite city is Paris; I lived there for 2½ years doing dissertation research. Among many favorite museums, besides the Taft Museum of Art, are the Frick Collection in New York City and the Musée de Cluny in Paris.
Any interesting hobbies?
I play both soccer and hide-and-seek with an intelligent cat.
Photo credit: Amy Elisabeth Photography