Millson Lecture


This annual lecture series was established in 2011 by John Millson, a former mathematics professor at UCLA (1980-90), in loving memory of his wife Gretchen Taylor Millson.  Each year the Department invites a distinguished woman artist or art historian to give a lecture in Gretchen’s honor, who was especially interested in the overlap of feminism and art.

Gretchen Taylor Millson was born in Los Angeles on June 20, 1938 and graduated from UCLA in 1961 with a B.A. in Art. Known in the art world as Gretchen Glicksman, she worked at a number of distinguished arts institutions during her career, including the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), the International Exhibition Program of the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), and the University Art Museum in Berkeley.  With urging from Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro, she opened Womanspace in 1973, the first gallery in Los Angeles entirely devoted to art by women.


Hollis Clayson
Professor Emerita of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor Emerita in the Humanities, Northwestern University
R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow, 2022-23, The Huntington Library
“The Dark Side of the Eiffel Tower”

Mary Kelly
Judge Widney Professor
Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
“The Practical Past: Situating feminism’s intergenerational legacy in project-based works from 1973 to the present”

Mary Miller
J. Paul Getty Research Institute
“The Splendid and Ever-revealing Maya Murals at Bonampak”

Z.S. Strother
Riggio Professor of African Art
Columbia University
“Masks and the Aesthetic Emotions”

Rose Marie San Juan
University College London
“The Rib Within: Eve and Early Modern Wax Anatomical Sculpture”

Michele Bogart
Stony Brook University
“Hot Town, Sculpture in the City: Power, Process, Patronage, and Public Art in New York After 1955”

Mabel O. Wilson
Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor, Architecture
Columbia University
“Other Monumentalities: Race, Style, and National Architecture”

Madeline H. Caviness
Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus
Tufts University
“The Jewish Hat: Badge of Shame or Mark of Honor?”

Anne Wagner
Chair Emerita, Dept of Art History
University of California, Berkeley
“Rosemarie Trockle’s Wonderland: A Feminist World View”

Sally Stein
Professor Emerita, Dept of Art History and Visual Studies
University of California, Irvine
“Between f/stops and F-starts: Women and Photography between the “Waves” of Feminism”

Faith Wilding
Artist, and formerly Associate Professor of Performance Art
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“Bread and Roses: Making Feminist Art and Politics”

About Gretchen Taylor Millson