Please join the Department of Art History for the 2024 Distinguished Alum Lecture with Dr. Nichole Bridges, the Mortan D. May Curator for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Dr. Bridges will give the lecture “Serving Objects and People: Curatorial Threads Connecting African Arts with Museum Audiences.” In this lecture Dr. Bridges will discuss her current exhibition project Narrative Wisdom and African Arts.
Biography: Nichole N. Bridges is the Morton D. May Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Bridges joined the Museum in 2013, having previously served as associate curator at the Newark Museum; as well as the head of the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Bridges holds undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts (Art History) and French from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. She holds a master’s degree and doctorate in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where her dissertation focused on 19th-century Kongo ivories from the Loango Coast of west-central Africa. She has received numerous academic awards, including a Fulbright grant for research in the Republic of Congo and the 2010 Prix de Thèse from the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.