Art History Lecture-Professor Maya Muratov- “The Afterlives of Objects: Excavating in a Museum”
Maya Muratov, Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University, also works on the Provenance Project at the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her PhD in Ancient Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is a practicing field archaeologist and cultural historian whose research interests include religious and social history of the Greek colonies in the Northern Pontic region, cultural aspects of multiethnic and multilingual societies; ancient puppet theater; and history of collecting antiquities in Europe and the US in the 18th – early 20th centuries.
Her research interests include cultural, religious, and social history of the Greek colonies in the Northern Black Sea area and interactions between the colonists and the indigenous populations. These interests are reflected in her fieldwork: for the past 18 years Maya has been participating in the excavation of Pantikapaion, the ancient capital of the Bosporan Kingdom. She is also involved in research projects dealing with the Iron Age archaeology of the Eurasian Steppes; indigenous art and archaeology on the territories north of the Alps; theater culture and popular entertainment in the Ancient Mediterranean and along the Silk Road; marionette theater in Antiquity and in Middle Ages. While at the ISAW, in addition to pursuing her own research, Maya is also acting as a guest curator for one of the future exhibitions dealing with the cultural identity of the Bosporan Kingdom.