The Johnson Museum of Art welcomes Gemma Rodrigues as the Ames Director of Instruction and Curator of the World-wide Arts of Africa.
“I’m elated to be becoming a member of an establishment as respected as the Johnson, as an educator and as a curator,” she reported. “Cornell University’s land-grant mandate to merge research and instructing with public support has extended intrigued and impressed me, and I am particularly psyched to support the Museum in fulfilling this hybrid mission amid latest movements for social justice and redress.”
Rodrigues will direct the training software at the Johnson to support important inquiry and appreciation of international arts and cultures for Cornell lessons doing work with the Museum, K-12 instructors and educational facilities, group teams, and members of the general public. She is also charged with cultivating new collaborative interactions for the Museum within Cornell, with regional civic and cultural organizations, and with museums nationally and globally. In the coming decades Rodrigues will also style a museum teaching application that draws on the strengths of the Johnson’s current internship program, generating an influenced cohort of college students ranging from freshmen interns to postdoctoral fellows.
Rodrigues has been an educator, curator, and researcher at the intersections amongst the academy, the arts, and the general public for far more than two a long time. Her do the job as an educator has encompassed numerous options, from instructing French language and literature to substantial college learners and African and Western art record to graphic design and fine-art diploma students in Zimbabwe, to teaching undergraduate seminars on architecture, urbanism, and colonialism at Harvard College.
She served as Curator of African Arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA concerning 2010 and 2015 and has structured far more than fifteen exhibitions on a few distinctive continents. Curatorial highlights consist of a major solo exhibition for the Belgian Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou in Los Angeles in 2015 and a cross-disciplinary exhibition discovering the intersections of artwork, design and style and engineering in Africa at the Casa da Luz, Portugal, in 2017, which brought together students and creators from in excess of seventeen international locations in Africa, Europe, and North The us. At UCLA, she introduced artists this sort of as Simone Leigh and Akosua Adoma Owusu to campus to engage with the Fowler’s African artwork collections and show new work.
Most a short while ago Rodrigues worked as a researcher of emerging technologies and design and style in African contexts with the Significant Technical Follow Lab in Madeira, Portugal.
She has posted a large assortment of scholarly chapters, reviews, and conference papers, together with “African artwork and artwork history’s world-wide flip,” in International and Globe Art in the Practice of the College Museum (Routledge, 2017) Environment Share: Installations by Pascale Marthine Tayou (Fowler Museum at UCLA/College of Washington Press, 2016), “The Artwork of New music in Africa,” The Artwork of New music (San Diego Museum of Artwork/Yale College Push, 2016), and a white paper commissioned by the UK–based Comic Relief Have faith in, Social Tech Ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa (2018). She also served as co-editor of the journal African Arts (MIT Push) from 2010–15. Rodrigues has supplied invited lectures exploring her exploration and museum apply at UC Santa Barbara, Dumbarton Oaks, the San Diego Museum of Artwork, and Claremont Graduate College, amongst other individuals has served as a contemporary artwork consultant for Imaginative Cash, and was invited to take part in a Mellon Foundation artwork writer’s residency at Rhodes College, South Africa.
Of South Asian and European descent, Rodrigues was born and elevated in Harare, Zimbabwe and has lived and worked in the US, Uk, Portugal, and Zimbabwe. She examined artwork history at UC Berkeley, St. Andrews University in Scotland, and Harvard University, in which her doctoral analysis explored associations among Zimbabwe’s land reform application of the 2000s and concepts and ideologies of land in present-day artwork, architecture, and urban masquerade ceremonies.
“Strengthening the Johnson’s purpose as a gateway for the general public to Cornell’s cross-disciplinary visible arts exploration setting will be between my important priorities. The exact will be accurate for its converse—strengthening the part of the Museum as a cultural and academic gateway to the public for Cornell’s learners, researchers, and school,” she mentioned. As component of her curatorial responsibilities, she appears to be forward to acquiring the Museum’s collections of present-day and historical African art and supporting their examine and dissemination as a result of partnerships with varied communities in Africa and Africa’s diasporas, as nicely as with pupils and students at Cornell and over and above.