Pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy in Humanities, with a major
in Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, Melinda McVay is writing a dissertation on modernist display practices, focusing on the work of A. James Speyer, John Yeon, and Lina Bo Bardi. She received funds from TFCR to travel and do research on her dissertation topic under the supervision of Dr. Richard Brettell, from April 25 to May 15, 2012.
- Project description: Melinda McVay’s research focuses on John Yeon’s modernist museum installation. She reviewed letters, plans, internal memos, drawings and photographs in museum, personal, and library archives that are related to this project. Thanks to Dr. Brettell's grant, she was able to review documents that relate to the exhibition space for the Palace of the Legion of Honor Fagan Gallery and the Avery Brundage collection in San Francisco, the museum archives at the Portland Art Museum, John Yeon's drawings at the special collections library in Eugene and the private archives located in the Watzek house. From Portland, she traveled to Kansas City and combed through the archives at Nelson-Atkins Museum and viewed John Yeon’s existing installations for the Chinese Decorative Arts and the Japanese gallery.