Dawn Ades is a Fellow of the British Academy, a former trustee of Tate, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to art history. She is responsible for some of the most important exhibitions in London and overseas over the past thirty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Art in Latin America and Francis Bacon. Most recently she organized the highly successful exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Salvador Dalí at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice The Color of my Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and was Associate Curator for Manifesta 9. She has published standard works on photomontage, Dada, Surrealism, women artists and Mexican muralists.
Curator Stephanie D’Alessandro is the Leonard A. Lauder Curator for Modern Art and Senior Research Coordinator at the Met and co-curator of Surrealism Beyond Borders. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago, specializing in art of the Weimar Republik. She began her curatorial career at the Art Institute in ‘98 as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow and has also organized several exhibitions for Chicago, including Poetics of Scale, Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-17 (2010); Picasso and Chicago (2013); Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (2014), and Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil (2017).
Mary Ann Caws
Distinguished Professor Emerita of several Literature Ph.D. programs at CUNY, Mary Ann Caws holds a Doctor of Humane Letters, is an Officer in the Palmes Académiques, a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recent publications include The Modern Art Cookbook, Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism, Alice Paalen Rahon: Shapeshifter, Mina Loy: Apology of Genius. She was the editor of the Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry, chief editor of the HarperCollins World Reader, and the co-editor, with Michel Delville, of Undoing Art, the Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem, and Beginnings: The Early Prose Poem, and the French Prose Poem.
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Poet and editor Jacob Kahn lives Oakland, CA. He is the author of Mine Eclogue (forthcoming from Roof Books in late 2022), and multiple chapbooks, including A Is For Aegis (Doublecross Press, 2022). Recent writing can be found in Salones de Belleza / The Beauty Salons (Gato Negro Ediciones/Wolfman Books, 2021), and other publications. From 2016–2020, he was a managing editor, curator, and bookseller at Wolfman Books, a bookstore, small press, and community arts hub in downtown Oakland. He is an editor of the poetry chapbook press and reading series, Eyelet Press, which he cofounded with Sophia Dahlin in 2019, and currently works as a freelance grantwriter and copyeditor, and as a library aide at the Berkeley Public Library.
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