Jacquelyn Serwer

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Jacquelyn Serwer
Occupation Curator, Art Historian

Jacquelyn Days Serwer is an American art historian and curator. A specialist in American art and African American art, she is currently the Chief Curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jacquelyn Days was born in Florida but grew up in New Rochelle, New York.[2] She attained her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College.[1] After attaining a Masters from the University of Chicago she attained a Doctorate from the City University of New York.[1]


In 1985 Serwer became a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art. In 1987 she curated an exhibition on the artist Gene Davis, entitled Gene Davis: A Memorial Exhibition.[3]

In 1999 she became the Chief Curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.[2] In 2002 she curated the first international retrospective on Pop artist Larry Rivers entitled Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist. [4] Serwer served as the Chief Curator for the Corcoran Gallery of Art for six years.[5]

Serwer has been a key figure in acquiring a collection for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including an original, used campaign office from the 2008 campaign to elect Barack Obama as President of the United States[6] and photographs of Coretta Scott King.[7]

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Museum of African American Art and Culture", Smithsonian Institution, Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Jo Ann. "Corcoran Gain is American Art Museum's Loss", The Washington Post, Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Gene Davis - American Art", Smithsonian Institution, Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Serwer to discuss National Museum of African American History and Culture", UDel, Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Museum to Exhibit George Washington University Student's Office", CBS News, Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. ^ Saturen, Myra. "Thomas Shillea's Portraits of Coretta Scott King Acquired by the Smithsonian Museum", Northampton Community College, Retrieved 29 July 2014.