Christa Clarke, a specialist in historic and contemporary African art, is Senior Curator, Arts of Africa and the Americas, and Curator, Arts of Africa, at the Newark Museum. Prior to her appointment at Newark in 2002, Clarke served as the Curator of African Art at the Neuberger Museum. She has been a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Clark Art Institute and held teaching appointments at George Washington University, the Corcoran School of Art, Rutgers University, Purchase College and Drew University. Clarke’s publications include Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (co-edited with Kathleen Berzock; 2010; second printing in 2013), which examines the impact of museum practice on the formation of meaning and public perception of African art. She is currently working on a major publication for the Barnes Foundation on its collection of African art.
Frédéric Cloth is based in Liège in Belgium and studied computer engineering at the Liege University. An autodidact in the field of African art and ethnography, he has spent the past 15 years studying the sculptural traditions of western equatorial Africa. He designed and maintained the van Rijn African Art Archive at Yale University and is currently working on a book about Mahongwe figures. He is co-curator of Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art, an exhibition presented at Pulitzer Arts Foundation in October 2015.