Marlene Barasch-Strauss is an art historian whose lectures are featured regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mrs. Strauss speaks frequently at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago and for many museums and organizations.
Strauss’s lectures focus on relating great art to everyday life and reflect her own enthusiasm for art history. Audiences respond to her unique ability to communicate that enthusiasm, and she, in turn, enables them to appreciate the artists’ lives, their problems, their intentions, and above all, their immortal masterpieces.
Mrs. Strauss is a former board member of the National Academy of Design in New York and IFAR (International Foundation of Art Research) and formerly served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Archeological Institute of America. She currently serves on the Worlds of Art Committee of the Norton Museum in Palm Beach and The Shakespeare Society in New York. She attended Vassar College, received her B.A. from Barnard and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in both French and Art History.