Born in England but raised in Amherst, MA, John Tyson 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.
Rachel Kase is a student in the M.A. program in art history at Boston University. Her focus is seventeenth-century Dutch painting, particularly the influence of global trade on gender roles and Dutch genre painting. Previously, Rachel worked in the Old Master Paintings department at Sotheby’s in New York and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. in English Literature and American Studies from the University of Virginia. While she was at U.V.A., she worked as a docent at the Fralin Museum of Art and interned at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. These experiences inspired her to have a career in the field of art history, though she has always been a lover of history and the arts. A native of Lexington, Massachusetts, Rachel grew-up frequenting the rich array of museums and historical sites in the greater Boston area. She feels lucky to be back in Boston, where she can take advantage of the encyclopedic collection at the MFA Boston as she pursues her graduate studies.