Akiko Takesue is interested in the intersection of museum operations and theoretical research, drawing on her professional experiences as curatorial staff at public museums. She received her PhD in Art History and Visual Culture at York University in 2016. Her dissertation entitled “From Japan to Canadian Museum Storage: Continuous History of Objects from the Japanese Ceramics Collection of William C. Van Horne (1843-1915)” investigates the history of Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese ceramics as collected objects, and examines how these objects were understood and interpreted at different moments and places, by various individuals and through the museum operations at two Canadian institutions: the Royal Ontario Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She currently serves as Assistant Curator for the upcoming exhibition "Obsession - Sir William Van Horne's Japanese Ceramics," to be held at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto in Fall 2018 and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Spring 2019.
Keywords: Reception of Japanese art in the West; historiography of Japanese art; art collection; meaning-formation of objects; museum studies