Eighty-five years ago this month the museum hosted two of the most remarkable women of their age. Photographer Margaret Bourke-White began her career in Cleveland with a commercial studio focused on industrial photography. By 1929 she was editor and staff photographer at Fortune magazine, a post she held until 1935. Bourke-White returned to Cleveland to lecture on “Art in Industry” on December 14, 1934. The program accompanied the exhibition Machine Arts, then on view in the galleries.
Henry Hawley joined the museum in 1960 as the first curator of decorative arts. Born January 3, 1934 in Dallas, TX, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1955 and a Master’s degree from Harvard three years later. He received an additional Master’s degree from the University of Delaware after two years as a Winterthur Fellow (1958-1960). He spent his entire career at CMA, serving in positions of increasing responsibility for over 42 years.