Sarah Lowengard is a New York City-based historian of technology and science whose research focuses on practical and philosophical engagements with color in the early modern West: She describes her interest, broadly, as the materials sciences of material cultures in pre-modern epochs. While at the Science History Institute she took those interests in new directions, exploring the later 19th- and 20th-century vestiges of a textile coloring process that first gained a foothold in Western industry and fashion during early 18th century. “My Red Bandanas” explored traces of a bright red color for cotton known as Turkey red in modern sciences, technology, design, and culture.
A practicing art conservator for more than 40 years and an artisan colormaker for even longer, Lowengard received a PhD in history from SUNY at Stony Brook. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, the Max-Planck-Institut-für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, the Smithsonian, and the National Science Foundation. A member of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at The Cooper Union in New York City, Lowengard maintains affiliation with several technical art history and analytical art organizations in the United States and abroad.