Jeannine Falino, formerly curator of decorative arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is now an independent curator specializing in decorative arts. Her books include Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design and American Luxury: Jewels from the House of Tiffany.
Jeannine Falino explores the intersection of design, craft, and art in American culture. She began her career at the Yale University Art Gallery and soon hired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she later became the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts. She led the publication of Silver of the Americas, 1600–2000 (MFA, Boston, 2007), and co-curated Artistic Luxury: Fabergé – Tiffany – Lalique, (Cleveland Museum of Art, 2008) featuring these legendary firms in an international context. Following her move to New York, she produced the major survey exhibition and catalogue Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design (Museum of Arts and Design, 2011), and What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision (MAD, 2014), an exhibition on the role of advocacy and philanthropy in American craft. At the Museum of the City of New York, she co-curated Gilded New York: Design, Fashion & Society (MCNY, 2013-17). New York Silver, Then & Now brought contemporary artists and designers in dialogue with historic silver (MCNY, June 2017-May 2018). Her exhibition on jewelry designer Betty Cooke opens at the Walters Art Museum in September 2020. Jeannine is a critic in the Ceramics Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, and an adjunct professor at Parsons, The New School, where she teaches the history of ceramics and American craft.