My innovative work as a museum professional over several decades has been effected in a range of creative, curatorial and strategic leadership roles, and has encompassed science, engineering, medicine, natural history, and art and design museums. Many of my research and exhibition projects have investigated and reflected on museum practice itself, and on the history of collections as an episteme of wider knowledge practices. Museums are inherently interdisciplinary knowledge institutions, and through them, research activities can extend both out of and into material culture — and range across all fields of human endeavour. I have worked in, researched with and taught through museums in the UK, the USA, Denmark and Canada.


Open Book

Open Book: Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Science Museum (1996)   This object exchange between an art museum and a science museum was a meditation on the communicating vases of matter and spirit. I brought together Joshua Reynolds’
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The Spirit and The Letter and The Evil Eye

The Spirit and The Letter and The Evil Eye, Bath Festivals Trust ‘WellSpring’ (with Lyne Lapointe, 1994)   Bookbinding, marbled paper, letterforms, the printed word, eye-hand coordination, amulets,¬†craftsmanship, inkhorns and more all came under scrutiny in this site-specific
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The Wilds and The Deep

The Wilds and The Deep: Martha Fleming & Lyne Lapointe, Battery Maritime Ferry Terminal New York City (1990, produced with Creative Time)   At the bottom tip of Manhattan, this large-scale site project explored the origins of museums
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Eat Me / Drink Me / Love Me

Eat Me / Drink Me / Love Me:¬† The New Museum (New York, with Lyne Lapointe, 1989)   Invited in 1987 by curator Bill Olander to create a work for The New Museum, we devised a project about
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