Museum Staff

Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, PhD

Chief Curator & Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch serves as The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts. She oversees the care, display, and interpretation of a 16,000-object collection, including the Dwight and Lucille Beeson and Buten Wedgwood Collections. Additionally, Anne has served as Chief Curator since 2016. In this role, she oversees the Museum’s curatorial team and helps determine the direction of the BMA’s exhibition and collections programs.

Anne joined the Museum in 1999. Prior to her tenure at the BMA, she served as curatorial assistant at the Decorative Arts Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Anne holds a Ph.D. in art history from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, a master’s degree in history and art history from the University of California, Riverside, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is President of the American Ceramic Circle and a former board member of the Wedgwood International Seminar. She is editor of the Proceedings of the Wedgwood International Seminar and a contributor to the journal Ars Ceramica.