Martha Drexler Lynn holds a doctorate in art history and specializes in 20th- and 21st-century decorative arts (craft and design). Currently, she is writing An American Tale: Studio Ceramics 1940–1980 (working title), the first book in more than 25 years to document and assess this national movement. Among her publications are The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel (Crocker Art Museum, 2010), the permanent collection catalog of the Sidney Swidler collection of ceramics; Sculpture, Glass, and American Museums (2005, University of Pennsylvania); and American Studio Glass: 1960–1990 (2004, Hudson Hills Press). Additionally, she has written many catalog essays including Revolution in Clay (1994, Scripps College) and The Art of Glass (2006, Toledo Museum of Art), and numerous magazine articles.
Lynn was in charge of the 20th-century decorative arts collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In that capacity, she conceptualized and implemented an aggressive acquisition and exhibition program that included more than 30 installations, featuring works made of clay, glass, metal, and wood. She has lectured widely, served as a consultant to museums and arts organizations, and appeared on conference panels and exhibition juries. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in art history from the U.S.C. She lives in Carmel, CA, with her husband, Bob Danziger, and one cat.