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Meet the Staff: The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing

Laura Filloy Nadal Associate Curator of Ancient American Art

Laura Filloy Nadal

Associate Curator, Ancient American Art

Born in Mexico City, Laura Filloy Nadal joined the staff of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing in 2022. Her current projects include the renovation of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, where she will reenvision the ancient Americas galleries for local and international audiences. In parallel, she is co-curator of the forthcoming exhibition The Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art (2022). Previously, she was a senior conservator and researcher at the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City, where she studied the cultural biography of objects—how they were made and used, and, what they mean. She holds a BA from Mexico’s National School of Conservation, Restoration, and Museography, and earned her MA and PhD in archaeology at the University of Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Selected Publications

“From ‘Rich Plumes’ to War Accoutrements: Feathered Objects in the Codex Mendoza and Their Extant Representatives” (with María Olvido Moreno Guzmán), in Mesoamerican Manuscripts: New Scientific Approaches and Interpretations, edited by Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen, Virginia M. Llado-Buisán, and Ludo Snijders, pp. 45–93. The Early Americas: History and Culture, 8. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

“The Importance of Visage, Facial Treatment, and Idiosyncratic Traits in Maya Royal Portraiture during the Reign of K’inich Janaab’ Pakal of Palenque, 615–683 CE,” in Social Skins of the Head, edited by Vera Tiesler and María Cecilia Lozada, pp. 109–28. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2018.

“The Lady of Chalma” (with Leonardo López Luján), in The Significance of Small Things: Essays in Honour of Diana Fane, edited by Luisa Elena Alcalá and Ken Moser, pp. 103–11. Madrid: El Viso, 2018.

“Forest of Jade: Luxury Arts and Symbols of Excellence among the Ancient Peoples of Mesoamerica,” in Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas, edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter, pp. 67–78. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017. 

“Precious Feathers and Fancy Fifteenth-Century Feathered Shields” (with María Olvido Moreno Guzmán), in Rethinking the Aztec Economy, edited by Deborah L. Nichols, Frances F. Berdan and Michael E. Smith, pp. 156–94. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017.

“Mesoamerican Archaeological Textiles, Materials, Techniques, and Contexts,” in PreColumbian Textile Conference VII / Jornadas de Textiles Precolombinos VII, Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, 2016, edited by Lena Bjerregaard and Ann Peters, pp. 7–39. Lincoln: Zea Books, University of Nebraska Lincoln Libraries, 2017.

“Lustrous Surfaces and Shades of Green: Value and Meaning in Three Mesoamerican Lapidary Ensembles from Teotihuacan, Palenque, and La Venta,” in Making Value, Making Meaning: Techné in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and Andean South America, edited by Cathy Lynne Costin, pp. 31–62. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2016.


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Christine Giuntini


Christine Giuntini is responsible for textile and organic artifact conservation in the department. She has created or refined the mounting and exhibition techniques for flat and complex artifacts in more than thirty Museum exhibitions. Her research focuses on the study of materials and methods of manufacture of African and Indonesian ethnographic textiles; archaeological feather works and fabrics from South America; and composite works from Africa, Oceania, and the New World. She has contributed to the Museum's publications, including technical essays for The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without End, (2008) and Peruvian Featherworks: Art of the Precolumbian Era.

Hugo Ikehara-Tsukayama

Senior Research Associate, Ancient American Art

Born in Lima (Peru), Hugo Ikehara-Tsukayama earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining MCRW, where he is working on the reinstallation of the Ancient Americas collection, he was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Pont. Univ. Católica de Chile. At the Met, he was the lead curator of the installation “Containing the Divine: Peru” and the co-author of the associated publication in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.80, no. 4 (Spring, 2023). Outside the Met, he has curated several exhibitions, including “Vicús: Muerte, transformación y vida,” awarded with the 2022 Premio Nacional de Curaduría by Asociación de Curadores del Perú. He has published widely, including the edited volume “Global Perspectives on Landscapes of Warfare” (2022). 

Selected Publications

"The Cupisnique-Chavín Religious Tradition in the Andes." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 2023.

"Beyond Chavín: The Millennium BC in the Nepeña Valley" (with David Chicoine and Koichiro Shibata). In: Reconsidering the Chavín Phenomenon in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Richard L. Burger and Jason Nesbitt. Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2023.

“Containing the Divine: Ancient Peruvian Pots” (with Dawn Kriss and Joanne Pillsbury). The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.80, no. 4 (Spring, 2023).

Vicús: muerte, transformación y vida. Lima: Museo Central, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, 2023. 

Global Perspectives on Landscapes of Warfare (with Juan C. Vargas-Ruiz, eds). Louisville: The University Press of Colorado, 2022.

Nación, imaginar al Perú desde el MUCEN (with Carlos Contreras, Gabriela Germaná, Ricardo Kusunoki, and Maria Eugenia Yllia). Lima: Museo Central, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, 2022.


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Alisa LaGamma

Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator for African Art, Curator in Charge of The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing

Born in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Alisa LaGamma spent her formative years in sub-Saharan Africa. Graduate studies in African art history at Columbia University led her to undertake research in southern Gabon on the living tradition of Punu masks that culminated in her 1995 dissertation “The Art of the Punu Mukudj Masquerade: Portrait of an Equatorial Society.” A curator at the Metropolitan since 1996, her exhibition projects devoted to topics ranging from authorship to portraiture have sought to anchor African art historically and conceptually. In 2010 she was a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and in 2012 the Bard Graduate Center recognized her work with the Iris Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Selected Publications

LaGamma, Alisa. Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2007).

———. Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2011).

———. Kongo: Power and Majesty (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2015).

———. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2020).

———. "Silenced Mbembe Muses." Metropolitan Museum Journal 48 (2013): 143–160.

Departmental Technician Damien Marzocchi

Damien Marzocchi

Departmental Technician
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Matthew Noiseux

Senior Administrator

Matthew Noiseux began his career at the Museum working as part of the staff of the Department of Greek and Roman Art on the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, which opened in April 2007. He joined the staff of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in 2013. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MS from Columbia University.

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Maia Nuku

Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Curator for Oceanic Art

Maia Nuku was born in London and is of English and Maori (Ngai Tai) descent. Maia's doctoral research focused on eighteenth century collections of Polynesian art and she completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Cambridge University (2008–2014) as part of an international research team exploring Oceanic collections in major European institutions. Her first exhibition at The Met On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift (2017) focused on the ways in which ancestral connections are expressed in contemporary Aboriginal art. Her most recent exhibition, Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesian Art (2018–2019) centered indigenous Pacific perspectives to explore the close material and genealogical networks that bind Polynesian gods and chiefs with Nature.

Selected Publications

  • Nuku, Maia. "Knowledge positions in Aotearoa and Turtle Island Art Museums: Interview with First Nations curators Kathleen Ash-Milby, Maia Nuku and Nigel Borell" in Artlink Issue 40:2 (June 2020). 
  • ———. "Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesia." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 76, no. 3 (Winter 2019). 
  • ———. and Adams, Julie, Steven Hooper. "Gods, ancestors, feathers and bones in central Polynesia." In A'a: A Deity from Polynesia, 49–59. London: British Museum Press, 2016.
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    Raychelle Osnato

    Collections Specialist

    Raychelle Osnato joined the department in 2020 to implement and construct new storage housing for the collection during the renovation of The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. She received her BA in Art Conservation and Art History at the University of Delaware in 2019. She was previously a conservation assistant at the RISD Museum where she treated Samurai artifacts, ceramics, and decorative art objects for exhibitions including, Raid the Icebox Now and Daimyo Culture in Peacetime. She has past experience in paintings conservation at Winterthur Museum and archaeological conservation of mosaics with the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA) in Italy.

    Jenny Peruski

    Senior Research Associate, Arts of Africa

    Jenny Peruski's research focuses on material and visual cultures along the Indian-Ocean coast of Africa. She received her B.A. in Art History & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in 2012 from Indiana University, before pursuing an M.A. in Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University of Cairo. She completed a second M.A. focusing on art history in sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Currently, Jenny is working on her doctoral dissertation at Harvard University focusing on the production of women’s artistic and social spheres in Lamu, Kenya in the nineteenth century.

    Selected Publications

    "Portal Patinas: Value and Violence in Carved Doors on the Swahili Coast." In The Seas and Mobility of Islamic Art, edited by Radha Dalal, Sean Roberts, and Jochen Sokoly, 142-161+306-307. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021.

    "Fetishizing the Foot: Mobility and Meaning in Indian Ocean Sandals." African Arts 53:3 (Autumn 2020): 58-71.

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    Joanne Pillsbury

    Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art

    A specialist in the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas, Joanne Pillsbury (PhD,  Columbia University) was previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute and director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She has published widely, including Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900; the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award recipient Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks; and Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas, which was awarded the Association for Latin American Art Book Award. Her 2017 exhibition catalogue, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas (prepared with Timothy Potts and Kim Richter), was the winner of a PROSE Award for Excellence.

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    Lauren Posada

    Assistant Conservator

    Lauren Posada joined the department in the fall of 2019 as a preventive conservator during the renovation and reinstallation of The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. With a specialization in textiles, she previously worked as a conservator at the Museum at FIT focusing on the treatment, care, and exhibition of their historic costume collection. Lauren received her Master of Arts in fashion and textile studies with a concentration in conservation and collections care from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a BFA from Pratt Institute.

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    David Rhoads

    Collections Manager

    David Rhoads is responsible for the proper care and display of the department's collection. He joined the Museum in 2015, after having previously held the position of associate preparator at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He received his BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010.

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    Imani Roach

    Assistant Curator, Arts of Africa

    Imani Roach joined the department in 2021 as Senior Research Associate to provide research support for the re-envisioning of the Africa galleries. Recently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Haverford College, Imani has designed and taught courses on the arts of Africa at the University of Pennsylvania, California College of Art and elsewhere. Her editorial roles have included Interviews Editor and Senior Editor at Guernica Magazine and Managing Editor of The Artblog. Imani earned a BA in Art History from Stanford University and an AM in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. Her doctoral research, in African and African American Studies at Harvard, reconsiders photojournalism from the South African, apartheid-era Drum Magazine.

    Maggie Wander Senior Research Associate for Oceanic Art

    Margaret Wander

    Senior Research Associate, Oceania

    Maggie Wander is a Ph.D. Candidate in Visual Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Her dissertation focuses on contemporary art of Oceania that engages with climate change and colonial history, and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and UCSC. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, Media Fields Journal, and more. She has presented her research at the College Art Association, the European Society for Oceanists, and the University of California. Maggie was a founding editor for Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal and is currently co-executive editor of Pacific Arts, the journal of the Pacific Arts Association. 

    Selected Publications

    “Making New Histories: Contemporary Art in Oceania and the Temporal Orientations of Climate Change.” Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies 9, no. 2 (2021): 155-178.

    “Navigating the Climate Crisis: Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner’s Creative Constellations.” Spectator 41, no. 1 (2021): 28-38.

    “The Karrabing Film Collective: ‘Talking Back’ to Ethnographic Media and Mineral Extraction in Australia.” Media Fields Journal 15 (2020).


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    Doris Zhao

    Senior Research Associate

    Doris Zhao joined the department in 2018 to undertake research relating to the renovation and reinstallation of The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. She was previously the curatorial assistant at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she organized exhibitions including Harlem Postcards: Wish You Were Here; Regarding the Figure; and Surface Area: Selections from the Permanent Collection. In addition, she was the co-curator of a curious blindness at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery and has contributed essays to various publications, including Prospect 5: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp; Fictions; and Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.