Born in England but raised in Amherst, MA, John is a specialist in modern and contemporary art history and is always especially excited to share his knowledge of these fields. He received a PhD from Emory University in 2015. His dissertation analyzes new art forms that emerged in the 1960s. From 2015-2017, he was a postdoctoral curatorial fellow at the National Gallery of Art. He has taught at Harvard University, the Pratt Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology, George Washington University, and UMass. 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.
Laura is a practicing artist and the program manager for Context North America. A recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, Laura’s work has focused on language acquisitions through visual and performance art. Laura earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from Florida State University, where she graduated with honors and a minor in European Art History. Along with her time spent with the Fulbright Commission in Madrid, Spain, she has also studied at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Valencia Spain, worked as an assisting artist in Copenhagen, Denmark, and spent 3 years working between Florida and the Peruvian Amazon documenting traditional Kokama ceramic art history.
Berfu has a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College and has studied abroad in Rome, Paris,and London. She specializes in medieval art and has been lecturing at the Met Cloisters for the past thirteen years. She has been an adjunct professor of art history for the past decade at CUNY Kingsborough, St. John’s University, and most recently, at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Besides her love for all things medieval, Berfu also has an interest in nineteenth-century NYC history. She’s worked as a preservation and restoration volunteer of nineteen century mausoleums and tomb sculpture at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, and recently curated an exhibition about the art of mourning in nineteenth-century America.
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