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Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

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Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi is associate professor of art history at Emory University. Her scholarship draws on extensive fieldwork in West Africa as well as archival research and object-focused study in Africa, Europe, and North America. In 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Art and 5 Continents Editions published her first book, Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa, in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition organized by the museum. Her other publications include “Beyond the Surface: Where Cultural Contexts and Scientific Analyses Meet in Museum Conservation of West African Power Association Helmet Masks,” a Museum Anthropology article she co-authored with conservators Robin O’Hern and Ellen Pearlstein. She now co-directs Mapping Senufo—a collaborative, in-progress, born-digital, multimodal publication project—with Constantine Petridis, chair and curator of Arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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