East Coast Cultural Curators and Choreographer coming to Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Art Museum announced three new curatorial appointments this week and the Cincinnati Ballet introduced Jennifer Archibald as Resident Choreographer. The quartet will be joining two of Cincinnati’s most cherished cultural institutions from stints on the East Coast in Philadelphia and New York.
The Cincinnati Art Museum has appointed Ainsley M. Cameron as Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities; Peter Jonathan Bell as Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings; and Nathaniel M. Stein as Associate Curator of Photography.
Dr. Ainsley Cameron is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities. In this position, she will oversee acquisitions and collections from South Asia (a geographic region that includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka), Nepal and the Himalayan region, as well as Iran and Afghanistan. Through lectures, exhibitions and scholarly publications, Cameron will further research on the museum’s permanent collection, as well as liaise with the community with public programming and teaching. Cameron was most recently the Ira Brind and Stacey Spector Assistant Curator of South Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Bell comes to Cincinnati from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he is Assistant Curator in the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. There he has been responsible for Italian and Spanish sculpture, ceramics and glass, and European medals. He has researched and presented these collections, augmented them through acquisition and collaborated on conservation projects. At the Met he co-curated the exhibitions Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works (2014) and Tullio Lombardo’s Adam: A Masterpiece Restored (2015), and recently curated Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table (2016–2017). He was lead curator for the design, construction and permanent installation of the Met’s Venetian Sculpture Gallery (2015).
Stein comes to Cincinnati from an appointment as the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow in Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Philadelphia he organized exhibitions and wrote on internationally established figures Wolfgang Tillmans and Rineke Dijkstra, emerging African-American and Jamaican artists Andre Bradley and Paul Anthony Smith, and contemporary photographers working in or about South Asia, among many other projects. While his curatorial focus is on contemporary photography, Stein has a deep background in the earlier history of the medium. His doctoral dissertation dealt with photography in 19th-century India.
Jennifer Archibald has been named the Cincinnati Ballet’s new Resident Choreographer. In this capacity, Archibald will choreograph an annual world premiere specifically for Cincinnati Ballet. Preceding Resident Choreographers were Adam Hougland from 2009-2017, and Kirk Peterson from 2001-2009.
In the upcoming 2017-2018 Season Archibald will create a world premiere piece during the April 2018 Bold Moves series, a production that includes music performed by Eighth Blackbird. She has choreographed two works for Cincinnati Ballet in the past three years, including Sit (2014), Redeem (2016), and presents a world premiere in the upcoming Kaplan New Works Series April 20-30, 2017.
Archibald is the founder and artistic director of the Arch Dance Company, Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives, and is at the forefront of today’s dance generation of choreographers and dance educators. A graduate of the Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she specialized in the Meisner technique, she brings a variety of experience and styles to Cincinnati Ballet. In addition to choreographic work for Cincinnati Ballet, she has also been commissioned by Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ailey II, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and has worked commercially for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and MAC Cosmetics, as well as chart-listed singers and actors.