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James Cuno

James Cuno, museum director. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences; member Association Art Museum Directors (trustee, president).


  • Cuno, James was born on April 6, 1951 in St. Louis.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History, Willamette University, 1973. Master of Arts in Art History, University Oregon, 1978. Master of Arts in Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1980.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1985.


    • Assistant curator prints Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980-1983. Assistant professor department art Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1983-1986. Director Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986-1989.

      Director Hood Museum Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1989-1991. Director University Art Museum Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991—2003. Director Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2003—2004.

      President, Eloise W. Martin director Art Institute of Chicago, since 2004. Trustee Wadsworth Atheneum. Panelist National Endowment of the Humanities, National Education Association.

      Member public grant advisory committee Getty Grant Program, 1991-1996. Member visiting committee Jean Paul Getty Museum. Lecturer in field.


    • Co-author, co-editor (exhibition catalogues): Foirades/Fizzles: Echo and Allusion in the Art of Jasper Johns, 1987, Politics and Polemics: French Caricature and the Revolution, 1789-1799, 1988, Scenes and Sequences: Recent Monotypes by Eric Fischl, 1990, Jonathan Borofsky: Prints and Multiples, 1982-1991, 1991, The Popularization of Images: Visual Culture Under the July Monarchy, 1994, (book): Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public Trust, 2004. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Association Art Museum Directors (trustee, president).


    • Married; 2 children.
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    Born April 6, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1973
      Willamette University
    • 1978
      University Oregon
    • 1980
      Harvard University
    • 1985
      Harvard University
    • 1980 - 1983
      Assistant, curator prints Fogg Art Museum
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1983 - 1986
      assistant, professor department art Vassar College
      Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
    • 1986 - 1989
      director, Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts
    • 1989 - 1991
      director, Hood Museum Art
      Hanover, Jamaica
    • 1991 - 2003
      director, University Art Museum Harvard University
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 2003 - 2004
      director, Courtauld Institute of Art
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 2004
      president, Art Institute of Chicago
    • 2004
      Eloise W. Martin director, Art Institute of Chicago
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