CURATORS


Ian Boyden
William Frucht
Andrew Quintman

Ian Boyden—artist, writer, translator, and curator—investigates relationships between the self and the environment, in particular how art and writing can shape our ecology. Consistent across his productions are his interests in material relevance and place-based thought, as well as a deep awareness of East Asian philosophies and aesthetics. He studied for many years in China and Japan, and holds degrees in the History of Art from Wesleyan University and Yale University. In recent years, he has worked extensively with Chinese dissidents, including Ai Weiwei and Tsering Woeser. He is the author of A Forest of Names: 108 Meditations (Wesleyan University Press, 2020), and his artist books, paintings, and sculptures are found in many public collections including Reed College, Stanford University, the Portland Art Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

William Frucht is the Executive Editor for Law and Politics at Yale University Press.  Books he has edited have won the Bancroft Prize, the NAACP Image Award, Los Angeles Times Book Awards in both history and science as well as many other awards, and have been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.  He is also an amateur photographer who has exhibited in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  Since 2016 he has been a member of City Gallery in New Haven, where he curated an exhibit of Tsering Dorje's work, "Forbidden Memory," in 2019.  He lives in Danbury, Connecticut.  When not pursuing either book publishing or photography, he devotes his time to remaining inconspicuous and failing upward.

Andrew Quintman is a scholar of Buddhist traditions in Tibet and the Himalayan world focusing on Buddhist literature and history, sacred geography and pilgrimage, and visual cultures of the wider Himalaya. His work addresses the intersections of Buddhist literary production, circulation, and reception; the reciprocal influences of textual and visual narratives; and the formation of religious subjectivities and institutional identities. He is also engaged in developing new digital tools for the study and teaching of religion. His book, The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa (Columbia University Press 2014), won the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, the 2015 Heyman Prize for outstanding scholarship from Yale University, and received honorable mention for the 2016 E. Gene Smith Book Prize at the Association of Asian Studies. In 2010 his new English translation of the Life of Milarepa was published by Penguin Classics.