Tom & Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art
Pieranna Cavalchini is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Curator of Contemporary Art, where she has organized over 20 exhibitions and produced artists' books. Recently at the museum she curated a sound exhibition called Listen Hear: The Art of Sound in the Spring of 2017 and a textile exhibition called Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time in the Fall of 2018. Cavalchini also oversees the museum's artists-in-residence program, which, during her tenure, has hosted 35 visual artists from around the world working in a range of disciplines, in addition to actors, composers, filmmakers, storytellers, and writers. Prior to joining the Gardner Museum, Cavalchini served as a Special Advisor to Incontri Internazionali d'Arte in Rome (1988–98) and as coordinator for the Concerti di Mezzogiorno, at the Festival of Two Worlds of Spoleto (1981–2001).
Theater Director, Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and curator of the MIT Performing Series
Internationally known for genre-defying works of daring physicality and the integration of new (and used) technologies in live performance, Scheib’s current productions include the West End musical Bat Out of Hell after the albums by Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, to have its US Premiere in summer 2019 in New York City Center. Other recent works include stagings of Na’ama Zisser’s opera Mamzer/Bastard with the Royal Opera House, a new opera based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona and a recent mashup of Heiner Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities with Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung played to rave reviews at the Opera House Wuppertal in Germany.
Named “Best New York Theater Director” by Time Out New York in 2009, and “one of the 25 theater artists shaping the next 25 years of American theater” by American Theater Magazine, Scheib is a recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG fellowship, an OBIE Award for Best Direction and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Scheib received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University School of the Arts and is the Class of 1949 Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and curator of the MIT Performing Series.
Assistant Professor of German Studies, Boston College
Daniel Bowles is an assistant professor of German Studies at Boston College and a literary translator. His first book, The Ends of Satire, examined satire as a mode of writing and reading in postwar German novels and theoretical discourses, and his current work concerns contemporary literature and new forms of the fantastic. He has published translations of novels by Thomas Meinecke and Christian Kracht, as well as short prose by Franzobel, Xaver Bayer, Alexander Kluge, Rainald Goetz, Klaus Theweleit, Ernst Mach, and Ludwig Mach. His translation of Kracht’s Imperium won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize in 2016 and was long-listed for the International DUBLIN Literary Award in 2017. His most recent translation, The Dead by Christian Kracht (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), will appear in paperback in July 2019.