Juliana Rowen Barton is a Philadelphia-based architecture and design historian and curator, completing her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is the Exhibition Assistant working on the upcoming show Designs for Different Futures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Most recently, she was the Graduate Research Assistant for the Wolf Humanities Center's Forum on "Stuff" and the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There she co-organized the exhibition Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey (February 3 - September 9, 2018).
Her dissertation, “The Model Kitchen: Domesticating Modernism in the American Home, 1933–1963,” examines the kitchen as the site of domestic debates about modernism, technology, taste, and identity in the mid-twentieth century, charting its role as an agent of progression and regression in American culture. More generally, she is interested in how domestic and exhibition spaces participate in the politics of gender, race, class, and nationalism. Her work has been recognized with support from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Cornell University Dean’s Fellowship in the History of Home Economics.
Born in New York City and raised in Charlottesville, Va, she received her BA in Art History and American Studies with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and her MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she worked as the exhibitions coordinator at the Center for Architecture/American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and as a curatorial intern in the Architecture and Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She comes from a family of architects and spends her free time in the pottery studio and the kitchen.