Staff Biography

Bryan Just

Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas
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Bryan R. Just is the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer of the Art of the Ancient Americas. Just received a B.A. in archaeological studies and the history of art from Yale University (1995) and an M.A. (1999) in art history and a Ph.D. (2006) in art history and linguistics, both from Tulane University. A specialist in ancient Maya art history, his recent publications include Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik’ Kingdom (in preparation, 2012); “Printed Pictures of Maya Sculpture” (in Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration in the Americas, in press, 2012); “Mysteries of the Maize God” (Record of the Princeton University Art Museum, 2009); “Modifications of Ancient Maya Sculpture” (in Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 2005); and “In Extenso Almanacs in the Madrid Codex” (in The Madrid Codex: New Approaches to Understanding an Ancient Maya Manuscript, 2004). He also contributed to the Princeton University Art Museum’s Handbook of the Collections (2007) and is currently involved in its revision (to be published 2012). Just served as in-house curator for the exhibition Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait, co-curated by William Fitzhugh and Julie Hollowell, presented at Princeton from October 2009 to January 2010. He is currently developing the exhibition Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik’ Kingdom (October 2012–February 2013) as well as future exhibitions on Princeton’s collections of Southwest art and on the art of Peru’s Early Horizon. Just’s teaching at Princeton has included seminars on Maya, Olmec, and American Southwest art as well as introductory lecture courses on the art of Mesoamerica.