Skip to Content
Admission is always free Directions

Wendy Cooper
Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Senior Curator of Furniture
Winterthur Museum

Wendy Cooper is the Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Senior Curator of Furniture, Winterthur Museum. She is a cum laude graduate of Brown University and holds an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Following her graduation from Winterthur, she was a Mellon Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum.

Before Cooper became a Winterthur Fellow, she had served as Assistant to John T. Kirk, then director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Prior to her return to Winterthur as Senior Curator of Furniture, Wendy held several prestigious positions including assistant curator, department of American decorative arts and sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; director, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery, Colonial Williamsburg; and curator of decorative arts, The Baltimore Museum of Art. She is renowned for the many exhibitions she has curated and their accompanying publications. These include Paul Revere's Boston: 1735–1818 for The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Classical Taste in America, 1800–1840 for The Baltimore Museum of Art, and three for the National Gallery of Art: In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts 1640–1840; The Kaufman Collection of American Furniture; and An American Vision: Henry Francis duPont's Winterthur Museum. Her most recent exhibition, the groundbreaking and much-acclaimed Paint, Pattern, and People, Furniture of Southern Pennsylvania, 1725–1850, was presented at Winterthur in 2011. She is guest curator for the permanent installation of Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830 at the National Gallery of Art.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at Follow the Gallery on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.