Keynote Speaker: Yaëlle Biro

Yaëlle Biro is part of a new generation of young curators who effortlessly move between the classical and the contemporary. Her work not only documents the history of African objects and their display and collection, but interrogates the methods, mediums and blurring of boundaries that transformed perceptions of African art in the early twentieth century and influence our understanding of these works even today.

We are delighted to have Dr. Biro present the keynote address at our conference, providing insight on her experiences as an art historian and curator whose work challenges the many -isms surrounding non-Western art.

About Yaëlle Biro…

Yaelle BiroYaëlle Biro is Assistant Curator for African Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where she has been working for over five years. In addition to the most recent exhibition “Heroic Africans,” she collaborated in the organization of exhibitions such as “Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Reliquary in Central Africa,” “The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End,” and “Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents.”

She completed her dissertation in 2010 at the Sorbonne in Paris, focusing on the history of collecting African arts during the first half of the twentieth century. Her dissertation was recently awarded the Dissertation Prize of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

Dr. Biro will be delivering the keynote address on Saturday, March 31, 2012, time TBA.

Read more about Yaëlle Biro’s recent department-bridging exhibition “Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents” and her recent trip to Benin here.