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Lawrence Medal ’03
James Cuno, often recalls his time here at the University of Oregon, despite the fact that he also obtained a degree from Willamette University, and two from Harvard, including his Ph.D. in Fine Arts. “Not a month goes by that I don’t reflect on my time in Eugene,” he says. “The art history program at the University of Oregon introduced me to the study of art. Its rigor, and the quality and dedication of its teachers inspired me to pursue a career in the academy.” Cuno, a History of Art and Architecture professor at Harvard is also the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director at the Harvard University Art Museums. He has held positions as museum director for the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA. Read more.
Clifford Ackley has been a curator for more than 40 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), a career that has him keeping company with prominent artists and patrons as he continues to build one of the world’s great collections of art on paper.
Ackley oversees some 200,000 prints, drawings, watercolors, illustrated books, and posters ranging from the mid-15th century to the present. His official job titles at MFA are Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings and Chair, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Read more.
Jerome Silbergeld is the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University and director of Princeton’s Tang Center for East Asian Art. He has published more than seventy authored, edited, and coedited books, exhibition catalogues, articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, as well as curating seven museum exhibitions, on the subjects of traditional and contemporary Chinese painting, architecture and gardens, and Chinese cinema and photographs. His publications have dealt with such topics as art in times of political upheaval and conditions of intense censorship, the aesthetics of old age, perceptions and misperceptions of historical change, “bad” art and the articulation of the negative, the relationship between architecture and paintings of architecture, regional diversity in Chinese gardens, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic iconographies, and cinema’s relationship to the premodern arts of China. Before coming to Princeton in 2001, he was the chair of Art History and director of the School of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he taught for 25 years.
Professor Silbergeld is affiliated with the Princeton Department and Program in East Asian Studies and the Faculty Committee for Film Studies. He was awarded a teaching prize by the Class of 2011.
Love of fieldwork drives his expertise
Robert OusterhoutRobert Ousterhout has come a long way since his undergraduate years at the University of Oregon. An international career track led him across the Mediterranean, where he's become a world-renowned expert in Byzantium architecture and art history. Today he serves as Director of the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, dividing his time between teaching during the school year and summers at his second home in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more.
Art history alumnus puts focus on art, erotica as Kinsey Institute curator
When Catherine Johnson-Roehr was offered some boxes of early-20th century condoms, she knew exactly what to do with them: add them to her collection.
Catherine Johnson-Roehr.Her collection includes more than 7,000 sex-related items spanning 2,000 years, plus 48,000 photographs. They're part of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction – yes, the very institute infamous for its revolutionary 1940-50s studies of sexuality, including the landmark 1948 publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Read more.