Robyn Asleson joined the museum in 2016 as an assistant curator in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Media Arts.
Previously, Asleson served as a research associate at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, where she investigated nature as a source of personal and national identity in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. She also researched and wrote for the History of Early American Landscape Design.
Her most recent project, co-organized with Linda Merrill, is “The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art” at the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Gallery (2016). The exhibition builds on Asleson’s many publications on the Aesthetic Movement in America and Britain, including a monograph on the influential English painter Albert Moore (2000).
Asleson has developed art historical curricula and teaching tools for the National Gallery of Art and Oxford Art Online, worked as a docent education coordinator at the Yale Center for British Art, and as a research assistant in the Prints and Drawings Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. For almost ten years, she was a research associate at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where she researched and wrote its catalog of British paintings and curated “Cultivating Celebrity: Portraiture as Publicity in the Career of Sarah Siddons” (1999).
Asleson’s publications include serving as editor and co-author of Notorious Muse: The Actress in British Art and Culture, 1776–1812 (2003) and A Passion for Performance: Sarah Siddons and Her Portraitists (1999).
Asleson holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. She has a particular interest in transatlantic crosscurrents in the history of American and British art, which she has explored in several publications as well as co-curating “Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney” at the Yale Center for British Art (2001).