Royal Academy of Arts
Tim Marlow joined the Royal Academy of Arts in 2014 as Artistic Director. His remit includes the RA’s exhibition programme and Collection, as well Learning, Architecture and Publishing. Prior to this Marlow was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube (2003-2014).
He has worked with many of the most important and influential artists of our time including, Antony Gormley RA, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume RA, Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Chuck Close, Tracey Emin RA, Gilbert & George, Julie Mehretu and Doris Salcedo. Marlow is an award-winning radio and television broadcaster who has presented over 100 documentaries on British television. He was the founder editor of Tate magazine and is the author of numerous books and catalogues. He has lectured, chaired and participated in panel discussions on art and culture in more than forty countries.
Désirée de Chair
Dr Désirée de Chair is a curator at the Royal Academy and has co-curated the exhibition Dalí/Duchamp since joining the RA in the summer. Previously at Hamburger Kunsthalle in Germany she worked on different exhibition projects including the tri-national collaboration ‘Surreal Encounters’ with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Her essay for the exhibition catalogue focused on Edward James, the well-known British collector of Surrealist art. In the past, Desiree has worked on numerous exhibition and research projects at Tate Britain, Leighton House Museum, the Henry Moore Institute, the Sculpture Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Collection. Desiree studied History of Art and Southeast Asian Studies in Berlin, Paris and London and gained a PhD on 19th century sculpture from the University of Warwick.
Anna M. Dempster
Head of Academic Programmes
Royal Academy of Arts
Dr. Anna M Dempster is Head of Academic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and is a College Research Associate at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Anna was previously Associate Professor in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, responsible for the Art Business, Finance and Management department. She was Director of Research, Creative Industries Observatory, University of the Arts and Founding Director of the MSc/MA in Creative Industries at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has worked in leading academic institutions including the University of Cambridge, London Business School and Rotterdam School of Management and she regularly consults for practitioners and policy-makers. She holds a BA and MPhil in History from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK. Her current research interests focus on the creative industries and visual arts and specifically Risk and Uncertainty in the Art World - with a book of this title published in 2014.
Professor of Art History
Kean University of New Jersey
Lewis Kachur is Professor of Art History at Kean University of New Jersey. He received his doctorate from Columbia University, and is a specialist in 20th century and contemporary European and American art. A pioneer in the field of exhibition history and artists as curators, Kachur completed a study of 50 years of exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. He is the author of Displaying the Marvelous: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí and Surrealist Exhibition Installations (MIT Press, 2001), likely the first extended study to juxtapose Dalí and Duchamp. He is also co-author of Masterpieces of American Modernism from the Vilcek Collection (Merrell, 2013). His essays include Intrusion in the Enchanters’ Domain: Duchamp’s exhibition identity, in aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Press, 2014, and Five Rauschenberg Transfer Drawings and Their Times, in Robert Rauschenberg Transfer Drawings from the 1950s and 1960s, London, Offer Waterman Gallery, 2016.
Surrealism and the Arts
Dr Sharon-Michi Kusunoki has contributed to several international publications and has lectured and written extensively on Edward James, his archives and his collection. She was curator of the highly acclaimed exhibition, A Surreal Life, Edward James at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (1998) and has also curated exhibitions on British Surrealism, Lee Miller, Man Ray and Ana Maria Pacheco as well as having curated a number of exhibitions on contemporary artists. Dr Kusunoki was responsible for the formation of what is now known as The Edward James Cultural Archive, having sourced, identified, and amalgamated fragments of James’s correspondence left in suitcases, packing cases and trunks throughout the world. Dr Kusunoki is currently working on an anthology of the letters of Edward James with Professors Dawn Ades and Christopher Green. Dr Kusunoki received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art and is currently the Executive Director of Surrealism and the Arts, an art curation and consultancy firm.
Elliott H King
Assistant Professor of Art History
Washington and Lee University
Elliott H King is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University (Virginia, USA). Educated at the University of Essex and the Courtauld Institute of Art, his research focuses on post-war Surrealism with an expertise in Salvador Dalí’s ‘late’ art and writing. His publications include Dalí, Surrealism, and Cinema (Kamera Books, 2007), Dalí: The Late Work (High Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2010), and Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting (Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012), as well as catalogue contributions to Dalí exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Senior Curator of Modern Art
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Dr. Adina Kamien-Kazhdan is Senior Curator of Modern Art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and lecturer in modern art and curating at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She has curated numerous exhibitions and authored catalogues and articles on Dada and surrealism, Duchamp, Man Ray, Miro, among others. Curator in charge of the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art, her book Duchamp, Man Ray, and the Conundrum of the Replica will be published by Routledge this year. Adina’s most recent exhibition No Place Like Home focused on the transformed domestic object returned to a quasi-home within the museum, and her next exhibition on replication from Rome to the digital age is scheduled for 2020.
Professor of Art History
University of Manchester
David Lomas is Professor of Art History at the University of Manchester. From 2002 to 2007, he was Associate Director (with Dawn Ades and Jennifer Mundy) of the AHRC Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies. His publications on surrealism include the books The Haunted Self: Surrealism, Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity (2000) and Simulating the Marvellous: Psychology, Surrealism, Postmodernism (2013). Lomas’s current book project on modern artists and botany, to which his talk relates, arose out of an exhibition he curated on the Narcissus theme in surrealist and post-surrealist visual art and film at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, in 2011, under the auspices of an AHRC-funded project on surrealism and same-sex desire.
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Dr. Gavin Parkinson is Senior Lecturer in European Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art and editor of the Routledge series Studies in Surrealism. He lectures and writes on European and American art, culture and criticism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is particularly interested in art and science, art historiography, comics and science fiction, with an emphasis on the long history of Surrealism (1922-69). His books are Futures of Surrealism: Myth, Science Fiction and Fantastic Art in France 1936-1969 (Yale University Press 2015); Surrealism, Art and Modern Science: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Epistemology (Yale University Press 2008); and The Duchamp Book (Tate Publishing 2008). He is also the editor of the collection of essays Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics *(Liverpool University Press 2015). His book on the Surrealist reception of late 19th-century art, titled *Enchanted Ground: André Breton, Modernism and the Surrealist Appraisal of Fin de Siècle Painting, will appear through Bloomsbury in 2018.
Independent art historian
Megakles Rogakos is an art historian and exhibition curator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from The American College of Greece (1997); a Master’s degree in Arts, Policy & Management from the City University, London (1998); another Master’s degree in Art History & Theory from Goldsmiths College, London (1999); and a PhD in Philosophy & Art History from the University of Essex (2016). From 2000-2004 he worked as an information officer at the Tate Gallery, conducted scholarly research and curated a series of multimedia exhibitions, in London and abroad, featuring international contemporary artists. In 2004-2012 he held an appointment as ACG Art Curator at the American College of Greece. In that capacity, he organized the art collection into what became known as “ACG Art”; he created the www.acgart.gr web site for the collection; he increased the collection from 865 to 3,427 works; he initiated the ACG Art Gallery that opened in 2008; he curated 12 ACG Art exhibitions; and he collaborated with the college departments for developing and implementing educational programs.Since 2012, he has worked as an independent curator, continuing to curate exhibitions and supervise cultural projects while pursuing his PhD research in art history at the University of Essex. The majority of the aforementioned exhibitions are accompanied by a catalogue, for which he contributes the texts in Greek and English, and of which he supervises the design. He also publishes reviews of exceptional art exhibitions on the website of www.elculture.gr.