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Constantine Petridis

Department of Arts of Africa and the Americas 
Curator of African Art
The Art Institute of Chicago


Chicago, IL, USA


Constantine (Costa) Petridis has served as chair and curator of Arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago since November 2016. A corresponding member of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, he earned his PhD in art history from Ghent University in his native Belgium. Prior to coming to Chicago, he held research, teaching, and curatorial positions at the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The author of several journal articles, book chapters, exhibition catalogues, and monographs, his latest publications include the book Luluwa: Central African Art Between Heaven and Earth (2018) and the edited volume Speaking of Objects: African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (2020).

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