Hudson River Museum Names Theodore Ward Barrow as Assistant Curator

JULY 27, 2017— The Hudson River Museum is pleased to announce that Theodore Ward Barrow will join the staff as an Assistant Curator. Barrow joins the Museum following positions as an Adjunct Professor in art and architectural history at Baruch College, the College of Staten Island, and City College of New York (CUNY). He has also served as Professor in the Pre-College Program at Barnard College. Barrow received his B.A. in Art History from Occidental College; he is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, and is completing his dissertation on Tropicality and Exoticism during the Gilded Age. Barrow has also lectured on the 19th-century collections at the Hudson River Museum.

“Joining the dynamic team at the Hudson River Museum is a unique opportunity to explore, study, and re-frame the Museum's holdings to an expanding audience through lively and engaging exhibits and programs,” said Barrow. “I am deeply invested in museums as spaces of dialogue, insight, and revelation. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to highlight the collection at the Hudson River Museum, exploring new themes, and working with emerging artists to better frame the unique collection and setting of the Museum.”  

Barrow’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications including those by Smithsonian Associates, Bucknell University Press, Boscobel House, and the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. In addition to his academic interests, Barrow has developed and led numerous historical walking tours of New York City.

Laura Vookles, Chair of the Curatorial Department, remarked “I am thrilled to have Ted Barrow join the curatorial team. With his expertise, creativity, and commitment to interpretation and public dialogue, he will bring exciting new perspectives to the way we present the collections and programs to our audiences. As the Hudson River Museum approaches its centennial in 2019, Ted will take an active role in our efforts to broaden and share new narratives of the art and community both past and present.”

Barrow will be involved in all aspects of exhibition planning, interpretation, and collection care and will expand the Museum’s digital presence on the Google Arts Project and other evolving platforms. His interests in 19th-century American and European art, society, and architecture, as well as art, connoisseurship, and public space will bring new insights to the Curatorial team.

THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM ( is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and a multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on 19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.