- UC Santa Cruz
- Visual Studies PhD
In addition to pursuing a degree in Visual Studies, I serve as Curator in Charge of the department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (AOA) at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco.
I joined the staff of the newly re-opened de Young Museum in 2005 and I have worked as Curator in Charge of the AOA department since 2011. My area of expertise is Oceanic visual culture. In my curatorial role I organize and collaborate on exhibitions, publications, and public programs. The exhibition, Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture, opened at the deYoung in late January 2015. I co-edited the catalogue with Manuel Jordán. Other recent exhibitions include: Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas in 2013, Contemporary Omie Bark Cloth in 2012, and Sacred Images and Chiefly Works of Polynesia, in 2012. My next exhibition is Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, opening on August 29, 2015. The exhibition will feature 75 rare and stunning examples of this unique Hawaiian art. I have co-edited the accompanying exhibition catalogue. Recent essays include “Cosmopolitan relationships in the crossroads of the Pacific Ocean,” in a 2015 Bloomsbury publication, Writing Material Culture History, edited by Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen and “A tino aitu figure below the surface” in Nukuoro: Sculptures from Micronesia, edited by Christian Kaufmann, Oliver Wick, Nigel Stephenson, and Nora Scott, published in 2013. My dissertation focuses on indigenous visualities at the Midwinter International Exposition in San Francisco in 1894.