17 Facts About Grace Morley


Grace Louise McCann Morley was a museologist of global influence.

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Grace Morley was the first director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and held the position for 23 years starting in 1935.

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Grace Morley established the first gallery tours for any museum in the West as well as art history courses, a public art library, an art rental gallery, the first film program at an American museum—"Art in Cinema"—, and the television series Art in Your Life.

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Grace Morley was active in the International Council of Museums, and was the head of the ICOM Regional Agency for South and South-East Asia from 1967 to 1978.

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Grace Morley authored a number of articles on contemporary art, and on Latin American civilizations, and was the subject of a book edited by Dipa Chaudhuri.

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Grace Morley moved to India in 1960, and remained there until her death in 1985.

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Grace Morley was the founder director of the National Museum in New Delhi and was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.

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Grace Morley had health issues that isolated her from other children and led her parents to try different Bay Area climate zones, settling in St Helena, California, in 1909, where she finally started school.

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Grace Morley excelled in school and was an exceptional student.

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Grace Morley developed an early interest in art history, but when she studied at the University of California, Berkeley, there were virtually no classes in the subject, so she majored in French and Greek.

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Grace Morley is best remembered for her years in San Francisco and her second career in India.

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Grace Morley formed some passionate friendships with women during this time.

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From 1946 to 1949, Grace Morley worked for UNESCO in Germany as a consultant with French, American, and British authorities.

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Grace Morley helped with theft and the return of multiple artworks.

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Grace Morley was awarded the Padma Bhushan award, which is given to civilians who have contributed greatly in a specific line of work that is valued in India.

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Grace Morley's body was cremated in the Indian tradition, and her ashes immersed in a holy river.

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Grace Morley received honorary doctorates from Mills College, Smith College and California College of Arts and Crafts, and she was named a chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.

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