Michelle Millar Fisher

Michelle Fisher 2022

Research Interests

  • Histories of craft and design; material culture; architectural history; medical humanities


  • M.Phil, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.Phil., Art History, University of Glasgow
  • M.A., Art History, University of Glasgow

Michelle Millar Fisher is currently the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts within the Contemporary Art Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work focuses on the intersections of people, power, and the material world. The recipient of an MA and an M.Phil in Art History from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, she received an M.Phil from and is currently completing her doctorate in art history at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). Her dissertation is titled, Craft Schools: Forming American Craft Culture Through Sites of Collective Pedagogy, 1970-1985. At the MFA, she is working on her next book and exhibition, tentatively titled Craft Schools: Where We Make What We Inherit, which is taking her across 48 contiguous US states via train over the course of a year. She is also the co-founder of the Designing Motherhood project and has long been interested in the confluence of gender and design. She has written widely on care work, mothering, and reproductive labor, including parenting in museums and hiding care work at work, being childfree, grief and mothers, and the architecture of maternity. Previously, she worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. She is part of the 2022 fellow cohort at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.