Currently the chief curator at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute Museum (OIM), Green specializes in the art, archaeology, and history of the ancient Middle East and East Mediterranean, and has significant leadership experience in a variety of functions at the OIM.In his new role, Green will be a creative partner with the Museum’s president and executive director, Dr. Karol Wight, and will assist in the strategic leadership of the Museum, as well as managing the collections, exhibitions, education, conservation, digital, publications, and science departments, along with the Rakow Research Library and The Studio. Green will assume his new position on January 4, 2016.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jack as our new deputy director,” said Wight. “Jack’s extraordinary background as a scholar, archaeologist, and chief curator and his exceptional leadership skills are the perfect match with the wide scope of the Museum’s mission. Jack will play an integral role in helping to lead our continuing growth and I very much look forward to collaborating with him on the exciting initiatives we are planning for the future.”
In his time at the Oriental Institute Museum, Green has overseen the offices of the registrar, collections, photography, and special exhibitions, in addition to the museum’s archives, curatorial staff, and Museum store. He has organized engaging exhibitions of the Museum’s renowned collections of Near Eastern art and archaeological material, including the institution’s recent exhibition, A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo, and also developed exhibition design, interpretation, related publications, and educational programming. Green has previously held positions as the curator for the Ancient Near East at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and coordinator of the Tell es-Sa’idiyeh Cemetery Publication in the department of the Middle East at the British Museum. He has also taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Liverpool.
“I am excited to join The Corning Museum of Glass team,” said Green. “The Museum is unlike anywhere else in its singular focus and expansive scope, a place to truly embrace one material in all respects: its creation, display, appreciation, and history. Being able to work with its incredible collection, spanning the globe over 3,500 years, and team of experts across fields, will be incredibly rewarding.”
In addition to his work in university and museum settings, Green has archaeological survey and excavation experience in England, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel; collections and archives research experience in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East; and has provided advisory support on cultural heritage and museum projects in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the West Bank. Green received his BA in archaeology at the University of Liverpool. He received his MA and PhD from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.
About The Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission. www.cmog.org.
The Museum recently opened a 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer. The new wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.