(PRINCETON, NJ) — The Princeton University Art Museum appointed Carolyn M. Laferrière Assistant Curator of Early Mediterranean Art. Laferrière joins Princeton from the Center for the Premodern World and the Department of Classics at the University of Southern California, where she served as a postdoctoral fellow and teacher. She began her appointment at Princeton on August 1.
At Princeton, Laferrière will be the curator of the extraordinary collections of the Museum of the Ancient Mediterranean World, including its collections of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern art. Laferrière’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the Museum, which last year began construction of a spectacular new building designed by Sir David Adjaye, due to open in late 2024. Laferrière will lead the planning of new galleries as well as developing temporary exhibitions, conducting research, initiating academic and public programs, developing collections in its fields, and cultivating collectors and supporters.
“Carolyn’s work with the art of the ancient world and her understanding of the complexities of cultural property stewardship make her a truly exciting addition to the Museum team at a time of dramatic growth,” said James Steward. , Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, class of 1976, director.
Prior to working at the University of Southern California, Laferrière was a postdoctoral associate on ancient and premodern cultures and civilizations with ARCHAIA, Yale University’s program for the study of ancient and premodern cultures and civilizations, as well as lecturer in the departments of Art History and Classics. While there, she curated the Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual exhibition for the Yale University Art Gallery.
Laferrière earned a doctorate from Yale University in art history, specializing in Greek art and archaeology. She earned an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archeology from the University of British Columbia and a BA from Carleton University, with a double major in Art History and Classics and Religion.
Laferrière specializes in archaic and classical Greek art and architecture, with particular emphasis on the visual representation of religious music, art and rituals as well as funerary art, ancient aesthetics and sensory studies. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, contributed to exhibition publications, and given guest lectures and conference presentations. His first book, Divine Music in Archaic and Classical Greek Art: Seeing the Songs of the Gods, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.
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“I am honored to join the Princeton team at this exciting time of growth and evolution,” said Laferrière. “The opportunity to shape new gallery spaces in a museum with such a deep and rich history is exceptionally rare, and I am especially thrilled to have the opportunity to reframe how we interrogate ancient works of art in Sir David’s Galleries.”
With a collecting history dating back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading university art museums, with collections that have grown to include over 113,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the art museum also serves as a gateway to the university for visitors from around the world. The main Museum building is currently closed for the construction of a bold and welcoming new building, designed in partnership with Sir David Adjaye and scheduled to open in late 2024.
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