My CV

Current Position

2017 - 2021

Professor of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Education

2002

1978

1976

Oxford University. D.Phil., Social Anthropology.

Thesis: The Wixarica. A Highland Peoples of NorthWest Mexico

Oxford University. M. Litt., Social Anthropology.

Thesis: Some Problems in the Comparative Study of the Concept of Time

Hull University. B.A. (Hons.), Upper Second in Sociology and Social Anthropology

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

Museum Appointments

2004-2021

Director, Museum of Anthropology
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1998 - 2001

Head of Collections, Research and Development The Horniman Museum, London, UK

1991 - 1995

Keeper, Non-Western Art, and Anthropology & Founding Director, The Green Centre for Non-Western Art and Culture The Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums, Brighton, UK

1985 - 1991

Curator, American Collections, British Museum, Department of Ethnography (Museum of Mankind) London, UK

Academic Appointments

2017 - present

Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Course: Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology / Case Studies in Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

2004 - 2016

Professor, Department of Anthropology

University of British Columbia, Vancouver Course: Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology / Case Studies in Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

Fellowships

2007 - Present

1998 - 2002

1991 - 1995

Fellow, and Member of Common Room Green College, University of British Columbia 

Honorary Research Fellow Department of Anthropology, University College London  Course: Museum Anthropology (1999-2001) 

Research Fellow  School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex 

1989 - 1990

Visiting Fellow  Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

OTHER APPOINTMENTS AND CONSULTANCIES

Editorial & Advisory Boards

academic committees (non-UBC)

UBC committees

UBC Museum of Anthropology committees

community and external committees

Curated Exhibtions

2017 | Curator, Do Carnaval à Luta Livre: Máscaras e Devoções Mexicanas, Museu de Lisboa, Lisbon. 

2015 | Curator, Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between. Portuguese Popular Art, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 

2013 | Curator, Luminescence: The Silver of Peru, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto 

2012 | Curator, Luminescence: The Silver of Peru, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 

2010 | Curator, Latin American and Iberian collections, Multiversity Galleries, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 

2002 | Co-curator (with Nicky Levell), The Centenary Gallery: 100 Years of Collecting, Horniman Museum, London 

1999-2004 | Curator of five exhibitions of contemporary African artists responding to African Worlds, Horniman Museum, London 

1999 | Curator, African Worlds. Horniman Museum, London 

1995 | Curator, Fetishism. Southbank Touring Exhibitions (venues: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; Norwich Museum and Nottingham Museum) 

1994 | Curator, Peep (an installation work by Sonia Boyce), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 

1994 | Curator, Hold. Recent Works by Shirley Chubb. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 

1991 -1992 | Co-curator (with Louise Tythacott), Kinyozi: The Art of African Hairstyles. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (venues in Hastings, Manchester and Vienna) 

1991 | Curator, Epic, Dream, Satire: Puppet Theatre. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 

1991 | Curator, Exotics; North American Indian Culture and Europeans. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 

1987 | Curator, Bolivian Worlds: The Art and World-view of an Andean Mining Community, British Museum (Museum of Mankind) 

1986 | Curator, Casas Grandes. British Museum (Museum of Mankind) 

1985 | Curator, Images of Heaven, Images of Earth: Mexican Indian Masks. Wolfson College, Oxford 

 

Exhibition Consultation

Concept development, Multiversity Galleries, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 

Consultant, Offerings for a New Life. Funerary Images from Pre-Columbian West Mexico. Antwerp Ethnographic Museum 

Consultant, What is Jewellery ? Craft Council Gallery, London 

Consultant, Altars and Idols: The Life of the Dead in Mexico. University of Essex Gallery, Colchester 

1989 Consultant, Latin American Art. Hayward Gallery, London (venues in Stockholm and Madrid)