Scholar, curator, and professor Susan Dackerman became director of the Cantor beginning in September 2017. Bringing deep knowledge and experience from her role as the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator at the Harvard Art Museums, where she served from 2005 to 2015, she is committed to refining the role of the university museum.
"The Cantor is one of the most important university art museums in the country, and with Stanford's commitment to the arts and humanities, it has the potential to produce exhibitions and programs that are models for other museums," Dackerman said.
During her time at Harvard, she was particularly active in creating innovative collaborations with faculty and making great advances in the exhibition program through powerful academic connections. She also worked closely with alumni and donors to add significantly to the museum's collection, and she was instrumental in developing plans for the renovation of the building and galleries of the Harvard Art Museums.
In addition to organizing exhibitions and writing about art and its histories from the Renaissance to the present, Dackerman's contributions to art scholarship and museology are numerous. In her various museum positions, she has worked closely with those in academia, and she has developed programs for integrating academic work into galleries, museum publications, and public events. Another accomplishment is a program she devised for training graduate students in the production of museum-based scholarship.
Most recently, Dackerman was a Getty scholar and consortium professor at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she worked on a book about the materiality of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer's prints. While at the Getty she also completed Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Monotypes, with Jennifer Roberts (Matthew Marks Gallery and Yale University Press, 2017). During her time at Harvard, she organized two major exhibitions Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (2011) and Corita Kent and the Language of Pop (2015). Both were projects that deployed collections and resources from across Harvard's campus. In addition to her time at Harvard, she was curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Dackerman attended graduate school at Bryn Mawr College, earning a PhD in the history of art in 1995. She studied art history at Vassar College, where she earned an AB in 1986.