Laurie Cosmo is a university lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and a member of the research group in Museums, Collections and Society.
Laurie Cosmo's research focuses on the cultural heritage value of art and museums of the early 20th century, particularly in Italy, and the evolution of private museums in Europe in the 21st century.
She has been a curator and administrator at museums in the United States, including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Craft and Folk Art Museum Los Angeles and Peabody Essex Museum, and a professor of art history at Temple University Rome, Italy. The recipient of a Fulbright grant in Malaysia and Smithsonian Institution dissertation fellowship, she has been a board member of the ICOM international committee on Museums of Ethnography (ICME) and earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from Vassar College.
Laurie Kalb Cosmo lectures on the history of museums and collecting in Europe, national museums and the formation of identity, and museums and memory. She is a member of the Museums, Collections and Society research group of Professor Pieter ter Keurs.
"Opening words. Report on Working Group Questionnaire 'What we Do.'"ICME News. Issue 86, January 2019, pp. 3 - 8.
“Defining Self by Collecting the Other: Mussolini’s Museums at the World’s Fair Site in EUR.” Visualizing Otherness in Modern Italy (XIX-XX Century), edited by Eva-Maria Troelenberg in collaboration with Melania Savino, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LIX. Band – 2017, Heft 1, pp. 125-147.
“Nation Building and Culture Display in Malaysian Museums.” In Museum Anthropology, v. 21, no. 1, (Spring 1997).
Crafting Devotions: Tradition in Contemporary New Mexico Santos. University of New Mexico Press, 1994.
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