Conference Organizers:
Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
Nicole LaBouff, LACMA

Women in Art and Science in the Early Modern World

Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2023

Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Ahmanson Classroom

Complete the registration form by November 3, 2023 to attend the conference.

View the conference program and read the paper abstracts.


Elaine M. Ayers, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, New York University


“Women, Plants, and Colonial Legacies: Botanical Study, Credit, and Violence in the 19th Century”

Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of History of Science, Emerita, Harvard University


“Strategy on the Sidelines: Four Victorian Women Try to Contribute to Art and Science”

Margaret Carlyle, Assistant Professor of History, Department of History and Sociology, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan


“Revealing and Concealing Women’s Secrets: Wax Sculptors in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”

Nicole LaBouff, Curator of Textiles, LACMA


“Jane Barrington’s Painted Garden: Artistry and Horticultural Expertise in Georgian England”

Jessica C. Linker, Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of Huskiana Press, Northeastern University


“Invisible Hands: Women and the Art of Early American Scientific Books, 1800–1850”

Laura Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Irvine


“Ghosts and Informants: Looking for African Women in Eighteenth-Century Natural History”

Carole Nataf, PhD Candidate in Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art


“Tasteful Science in the Jardin du roi: Madeleine Françoise Basseporte’s Shell Paintings on Vellum (1747–1768)”

Sarah Waheed, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of South Carolina


“Muslim Women’s Patronage of Art and Science in Early Modern India”

Winnie Wong, Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley


“Wives and Flowers: Naming Substitutes in 18th-Century Guangzhou”

Image: Alexandre Roslin, Portrait of the Painter Anne Vallayer-Coster, 1783. Crocker Art Museum.