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2 / Dreams and Visions

Judith Bettelheim

Judith Bettelheim, Ph.D., professor of art history at San Francisco State University, specializes in arts of the African Diaspora, Afro-Caribbean culture and festivals, multicultural American art, and Cuban art. She has worked in the Caribbean and in Cuba for various projects, including the exhibitions “Caribbean Festival Arts” and “AFROCUBA: Works on Paper.” She is the author of Cuban Festivals: a Century of Afro-Cuban Culture.

Mary Ann Caws

Mary Ann Caws, Ph.D., D.H.L., is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Caws is the author or editor of over sixty books, mostly in the field of literature and the arts. Caws was co-director of the Henri Peyre French Institute, is an officier of the Palmes Académiques, has been awarded Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Fellowships, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her recent books include To the Boathouse: a Memoir, Surprised in Translation, Salvador Dali, and Provençal Cooking: Savoring the Simple Life in France.

Whitney Chadwick

Whitney Chadwick, Ph.D., is professor emerita of art history at San Francisco State University. She has lectured widely and taught courses on twentieth-century and contemporary American and European art, with a special focus on women and Surrealism. Chadwick is the author of Women, Art, and Society, Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, and Mirror Mirror: Self Portraits by Women Artists, as well as numerous articles and other publications. Her writings also include an art-historical crime novel, entitled Framed, which earned mainstream critical acclaim. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

James Ganz

James Ganz, Ph.D., is curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Ganz assists the Foundation with maintaining and exhibiting its 100,000 works of graphic art spanning over 500 years. Prior to this position, Ganz worked as Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he coordinated over twenty exhibitions, including “The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings,” as well as shows on nineteenth-century photography and old masters prints and drawings. He has also worked as a special assistant for prints at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ganz received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Roy W. Hamilton

Roy W. Hamilton is curator for Asian and Pacific collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. In this capacity, he has developed and executed many Asian and Pacific art exhibitions. Hamilton is the author of several books, including The Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia, From the Rainbow’s Varied Hue: Textiles of the Southern Philippines, and Gift of the Cotton Maiden: Textiles of Flores and the Solor Islands. In 2006–07, Hamilton received a curatorial fellowship from the Getty Foundation for his research on the textiles of Timor.

Patrick Hunt

Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., teaches art history, mythology, and classics at Stanford University and serves as the director of the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Hunt has led archaeology exhibitions worldwide, including the Hannibal Expedition, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. He has been honored as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has authored numerous publications, including Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History and Myths for All Time. Hunt is also an avid musician, composer, and artist. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of London’s Institute of Archaeology.

Yukio Lippit

Yukio Lippit, Ph.D., is an associate professor of art history at Harvard University. Lippit specializes in pre-modern Japanese painting, with an emphasis on Sino-Japanese painting connected to Zen Buddhism and lineages that arose from it during the early modern and medieval periods. He has authored several articles and books on his topic of expertise, including a forthcoming project, Painting of the Realm: The Kanō House of Painters in Seventeenth Century Japan. Lippit received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Melissa McCormick

Melissa McCormick, Ph.D., is professor of Japanese art and culture at Harvard University. She is the author of Tosa Mitsunobu and the Small Scroll in Medieval Japan and a forthcoming volume focusing on issues of gender in medieval Japanese narrative painting. McCormick received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Japanese art history from Princeton University.

Fred Myers

Fred Myers, Ph.D., is the Silver Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at New York University. Myers’ research focuses on Aboriginal people in Australia, specifically Western Desert people. His many published works include Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art and The Traffic in Culture: Refiguring Art and Anthropology. Myers has received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He was elected president of the American Ethnological Society and has spearheaded NYU’s Morse Academic Plan, a general education program for the College of Arts and Sciences. Myers earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr.

Mary Nooter Roberts

Mary Nooter Roberts, Ph.D., is a professor of culture and performance in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and is a prominent scholar of African art. Roberts was formerly the chief curator and deputy director of UCLA’s Fowler Museum, and senior curator of the Museum for African Art in New York. She has organized and curated numerous exhibitions and authored articles and books on African art and culture. “A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal,” co-curated with her spouse, Dr. Allen F. Roberts, was hailed by the New York Times as one of the ten best of 2003 and the accompanying book won both the Herskovits Award and the Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award. Other books and exhibitions that she and her husband have collaborated on include Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History, which won the College Art Association’s Alfred Barr Award for Outstanding Museum Scholarship and A Sense of Wonder: African Art from the Faletti Family Collection. Roberts received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

John Pohl

John Pohl, Ph.D., is the first curator of the arts of the Americas at the UCLA Fowler Museum. Prior to joining the Fowler, Pohl was the Peter Jay Sharp Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Princeton University Art Museum. Pohl has conducted archaeological excavations in North and Central America, curated several major exhibitions, and published extensively on American Indian civilizations of southern Mexico. His books include Exploring Mesoamerica, The Politics of Symbolism in the Mixtec Codices, and Aztecs and Conquistadores: The Spanish Invasion and the Collapse of the Aztec Empire. Pohl received his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Archaeology from UCLA.

Nasser Rabbat

Nasser Rabbat, Ph.D., is the Aga Khan Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to being an architect, Rabbat is a historian with a focus on Islamic architecture, urban history, and post-colonial studies. His books include The Citadel of Cairo: A New Interpretation of Royal Mamluk Architecture, Making Cairo Medieval, and L’art Islamique à la recherche d’une méthode historique. He serves on the boards of several organizations devoted to Islamic studies and delivers lectures around the world.

Larry Silver

Larry Silver, Ph.D., is the Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in Northern European painting and graphics of the Renaissance and Reformation periods. In addition to his position at the University of Pennsylvania, Silver has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, and Smith College. He has been the recipient of many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kress Foundation. A prolific author, Silver has written numerous articles and books, among them Peasant Scenes and Landscapes, Marketing Maximilian, and a survey text, entitled Art in History. He is also the co-author of books including Rembrandt’s Faith and The Graven Image. Silver served as a former president of both the College Art Association and the Historians of Netherlandish Art. He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund is an installation artist whose work fuses her interests in photography, popular culture, and commercialization. Many of her works feature Surrealist tableaux with bright colors and recurring objects. Some of her most well-known pieces include Radioactive Cats and Revenge of the Goldfish. In addition to having her works displayed in prominent museums, such as the Dayton Art Institute and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Skoglund has taught art at the University of Hartford and Rutgers University. She earned her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

Natasha Staller

Natasha Staller, Ph.D., wrote the award-winning A Sum of Destructions: Picasso’s Cultures & the Creation of Cubism. She contributed to the exhibition catalogue Picasso, The Early Years at the National Gallery and has appeared in television and film documentaries including Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies, narrated by Martin Scorsese. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she taught at the University of Chicago and Princeton before becoming a professor at Amherst College. There she teaches such courses as The Arts of Spain, Witches, Vampires and other Monsters, and The Modern World. She has been honored with fellowships from the Society of Fellows (Harvard), Getty (Yale), Mellon (University of Pennsylvania) and Guggenheim Foundations. Her next book project is The Spanish Monster.

Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans, Ph.D., is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is a prolific and wide-ranging author whose books include The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America, Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language, Love and Language, and Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years. He is the editor of The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, Cesar Chavez: An Organizer’s Tale, and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award, an Emmy nomination, the Latino Hall of Fame Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to his post at Amherst, Stavans has taught at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Bennington College, and Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. Stavans is chairman and CEO of Quixote Productions, LLC, which has produced TV series and films on Jewish and Latin history and culture.

Edward J. Sullivan

Edward J. Sullivan, Ph.D., is a professor of fine arts at New York University, specializing in art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Sullivan’s publications include Baroque Art in Madrid, Latin American Art of the Twentieth Century, Brazil: Body & Soul, and The Language of Objects in the Art of the Americas, among others. For his work, he has received many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Sullivan has curated exhibitions for museums in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, and serves on committees for artistic institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and El Museo del Barrio in New York. Sullivan received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University.