The Greenwich Historical Society welcomes Mel Buchanan, RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, for an illustrated lecture detailing Katherine Choy’s remarkable career as a ceramic artist and educator, highlighting her years spent in New Orleans leading ceramics at Newcomb College and connecting with the city’s artistic vanguard. Buchanan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at NOMA, is the curator and author of Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans (2022).
Lecture- Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans
Mel Buchanan has been the RosaMary curator of decorative arts and design at the New Orleans Museum of Art since 2013, where she has curated original exhibitions, including Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection (2017), Atomic #13: Aluminum in 20th-Century Design (2021), and Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans (2022). In 2018, she completed the reinstallation of the decorative arts galleries, including 20th-century design, for the first time in NOMA's history. Buchanan serves on the boards of The Decorative Arts Trust and the American Ceramic Circle. Previously, Buchanan worked at the RISD Museum and at the Milwaukee Art Museum and earned a BA from Yale University and an MA from the Winterthur Program in American material culture. Mel lives in New Orleans with her husband and two children.