Museum of Fine Arts Boston Tour
Five Centuries at the Museum of Fine Arts
Born in England but raised in Amherst, MA, John is a specialist in modern and contemporary art history. He received a PhD from Emory University in 2015. His dissertation analyzes art forms that emerged in the 1960s. Now a curatorial fellow at the National Gallery of Art, John’s current focus is art in Washington, DC in the interwar period. He is excited to share his knowledge of the capital’s history. John has taught at Harvard University, the Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Whether offering introductory surveys or specialized graduate courses, he always leads classes on visits to area art galleries and museums. John is the author of articles in various peer-reviewed journals and has delivered papers and lectures at a range of institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton University, and Harvard. Additionally, he was the recipient of major fellowships from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Council of Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation. Prior to graduate school, John taught English in Salamanca, Spain. He offers tours in Spanish and is accustomed to interactions with non-native speakers of English.
A Cambridge native, Jesse traces her passion for art history back to childhood visits to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Since those early years she has gone to study and teach the Early Renaissance in Florence and completed her Master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute in London. Her interests focus on tracing the changing role of the artist by close examination of the art produced in Italy through the fifteenth century. Trained as an artist herself, Jesse marries art historical research with art in illustrated companions to contemporary scholarship and historical documents. The goal of these works is to transform dense research into something approachable and enjoyable to the interested public.
Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Marc has worked at history museums and community colleges all over the US. His historical interests, which have led him to author numerous historical articles, academic and popular, for publications in the US and Europe, range from architectural history, to the Spanish Empire, to Mesoamerica and the pre-Hispanic North American Southwest. His current historical project is a book about the Presidio (i.e., old Spanish fort) San Agustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Marc likes to shoot photographs, paint, build models, and write cosmicist fantasy in the tradition of HP Lovecraft. In 2017 he published his first collection of stories and novellas entitled "The Esoteric Order of Dagon."
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