Glenn Adamson is the Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He leads the Research Department’s activities, working closely with colleagues within the museum and in collaboration with scholars and institutions worldwide. He holds a PhD in art history from Yale University, and was previously curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Dr. Adamson co-curated (with Jane Pavitt) the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970 to 1990, which opened at the V&A in 2011. He has also written widely on craft history and theory, in such books as Thinking Through Craft (2007), The Craft Reader (2010), and The Invention of Craft (2012); and has edited numerous publications including the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, the volume Global Design History (co-edited with Giorgio Riello and Sarah Teasley, 2011), and Surface Tensions (co-edited with Victoria Kelley, 2012).
João Ribas is Curator of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT and was previously Curator at The Drawing Center, New York. His writing has appeared in numerous art and culture publications, and he is the recipient of three consecutive International Art Critics Awards for Best exhibition in a Non-Profit Space, and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. João’s recent curated exhibitions include the Otto Piene: Lichtballet installation at the List Visual Arts Center (2011), Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom (MIT List Visual Arts Center and Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 2011) Manon de Boer (Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 2011); FAX (Carpenter Center, Harvard University, 2011): Frances Stark (MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2010); and Ree Morton: At the Still Point of the Turning World (Drawing Center, 2009). He has contributed essays to numerous publications and monographs, and has been a visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide. He was previously adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).