Isabella Stewart Gardner has been described as “Boston's pre-cinema star,” but her career achievements are in fact more substantial and more feminist than many people know.  Her transgressive outlook and adventurous travels strongly influenced her greatest achievement, the building of the Gardner Museum and the installation of her art collection there.  At Fenway Court, Isabella Stewart Gardner translated her liberating world travels into one of the world's most unusual and compelling museums.

On Sunday, April 23, Associate Professor of American Studies, Paul Fisher, spoke to the Columbus Wellesley Club and friends on "The Barbarous Barbaro: Art, Travel, and Exoticism in Isabella Stewart Gardner's Museum."