John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. He received a B.A. from Vassar College, a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, and a PH.D. from Boston University.
He has lectured and written on topics ranging from Victorian silver to the material culture of drinking, and has published in American Furniture, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Modern Magazine, and The Magazine Antiques. He was a contributor to the exhibition catalogues Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890-1891, and The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery.
His last book was A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 and he is currently completing a manuscript on American glass that will be published by Yale University Press in 2018. His exhibitions include “Classic Modern: Art Deco Silver from the Collection of John P. Axelrod, PA1964” at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, and “The Architect’s Table: Swid Powell and Postmodern Design” at the Yale University Art Gallery.
In addition, he teaches in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University and supervises Furniture Study, the Yale University Art Gallery’s expansive study collection of American furniture and wooden objects.