Fleur du Mexique a tapestry by Fernand Léger, at the Atelier Cavalaire, 1952
Fleur du Mexique a tapestry by Fernand Léger, at the Atelier Cavalaire, 1952

Fleur du Mexique a tapestry by Fernand Léger, at the Atelier Cavalaire, 1952

Jacqueline de la Baume-Dürrbach and René Dürrbach working on Fleur du Mexique, a tapestry by Fernand Léger, at the Atelier Cavalaire, 1952. Jacqueline de la Baume-Dürrbach Papers, Célérier-Dürrbach Family Archive, Dijon, France.

Tyrol Sends Rug to Pres. Truman
Tyrol Sends Rug to Pres. Truman

Tyrol Sends Rug to Pres. Truman

"Tyrol Sends Rug to Pres. Truman," United States Information Service (Vienna, Austria), 1951.

Weaving Workshop, Bauhaus Dessau, c. 1927-1929
Weaving Workshop, Bauhaus Dessau, c. 1927-1929

Weaving Workshop, Bauhaus Dessau, c. 1927-1929

View of the weaving workshop, Bauhaus Dessau, c. 1927-1929. Photograph no. 6935, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin.

Gloria F. Ross in her New York Studio,
Gloria F. Ross in her New York Studio,

Gloria F. Ross in her New York Studio,

Gloria F. Ross in her New York Studio, with tapestries by Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, 1970.

National Gallery of Art East Building
National Gallery of Art East Building

National Gallery of Art East Building

Ezra Stoller (photographer), National Gallery of Art East Building, with tapestry by Joan Miro, 1978.

Le Corbusier working on a tapestry cartoon
Le Corbusier working on a tapestry cartoon

Le Corbusier working on a tapestry cartoon

Le Corbusier working on a tapestry cartoon, from Zodiac 7 (1960).

Wells earned a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both in art history. She has contributed research to curatorial projects at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and most recently to the Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the Getty Center. Her publications include “Artistes contre Liciers: La Renaissance de la Tapisserie Française,” in Decorum (Paris: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Skira Flammarion, 2013); “Serpentine Sideboards, Hogarth’s Analysis, and the Beautiful Self,” Eighteenth Century Studies (Spring 2013); and “Curating the Cultural Landscape: Chipstone House as Historical Property,” The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2009). Her dissertation, Tapestry and Tableau: Revival, Reproduction, and the Marketing of Modernism, enables a new understanding of international modernism by exploring the close relationship between modernist painting and tapestry in the decades following World War II.