Martha Drexler Lynn

Martha Drexler Lynn holds a doctorate in art history and specializes in twentieth-and twentieth-first century decorative arts (ceramics, glass and design). Dr. Lynn was the founding curator-in-charge of the twentieth-century decorative arts collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in that capacity, she conceptualized and implemented an aggressive acquisition and exhibition program that included more than thirty installations, featuring works made of clay, glass, metal and wood. Her publications include: Clay Today: Contemporary Ceramists and Their Work (1990, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe (1993, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Masters of Contemporary Glass: Selections from the Glick Collection (1997, Indianapolis Museum of Art), American Studio Glass Movement, 1960 – 1990 (2004, Hudson Hills Press), and Sculpture, Glass, and American Museums (2005, University of Pennsylvania) and the permanent collection catalogue of the Sidney Swidler collection of ceramics The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel (2012, Crocker Art Museum). Currently, Dr. Lynn is writing An American Tale: Studio Ceramics 1941-1979 (working title) the first book in twenty-five years to document and assess the movement. Additionally, she has written many catalogue essays including Revolution in Clay (1994, Scripps College) and The Art of Glass (2006, Toledo Museum of Art), and numerous magazine articles. She has lectured and taught widely, served as a consultant to museums and arts organizations, and appeared on conference panels and exhibition juries. Dr. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in art history from the U.S.C.


Martha Drexler Lynn