Martica Sawin is an art historian and writer. She graduated from the University of Iowa after attending Stanford University and the Sorbonne, and then became an executive secretary at MoMA, where she initiated the Art Lending Service. She became a freelance writer and then a professor at Hunter College, Columbia University, and eventually Parsons School of Design. In 1967, Sawin was appointed the Chair of the Department of Art History and Criticism of Art and Design at Parsons, where she remained a member of the faculty until 1995. She relaunched the school’s Parsons in Paris program, and served as curator of exhibitions in the Parsons' gallery. Sawin is the author of several monographs, including works on Wolf Kahn, Alan Gussow (included in this interview project), Stephen Pace, in addition to scholarly essays on Surrealism.
Parsons School of Design Centenary oral history project