Mitch holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in History and Philosophy from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. His passion for urban history began during his 7 years in Paris, where he worked in his spare time as a city guide and teacher of history and philosophy. His scholarly work has focused on theories of truth as they express themselves in art, literature and theology. Since moving to New York City 12 years ago, he has authored four books on east coast cities, and actively pursues his side-passions for composing classical music (he recently premiered his second opera), and photography (his work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker and Time, amongst other
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.
Trained as an art historian and archaeologist, Elizabeth has made New York City’s museums her home for over 5 years. In fact, it was visits to the Met, and a few others, that inspired her career choice. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and Art History at Lycoming College, a master’s degree at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she specialized in the Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, brought her to the city full-time. Since graduating in 2015, Elizabeth has cultivated a passion for education, and the visitor experience, as well as the history of art.
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