Archive of Author | Jacquelynn Baas

Jacquelynn Baas (BA Michigan State, PhD Michigan) was founding director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College after having served as Hood Chief Curator and, previously, as Registrar and then Assistant to the Director at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In 1988 she was appointed director of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Named Director Emeritus in 1999, she returned to BAM/PFA as Interim Director in 2007-08 and served as Interim Director for the Mills College Art Museum in 2008-09.

In 2000 Baas co-founded the arts consortium, Awake: Art, Buddhism, and the Dimensions of Consciousness, which over the course of its five-year existence generated some fifty exhibitions, educational programs, artist residencies, and two books: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (California 2004) and Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today (California 2005). She is co-editor of Learning Mind: Experience into Art (California, 2009), Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life (Chicago 2011), and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society (Chicago 2012), and has published a number of essays, including “The Epic of American Civilization” in Jose Clemente Orozco in the United States (Norton 2003), “Unframing Experience” in Learning Mind (cited above), “Meditations on the Medium of Time” in Measure of Time (BAM/PFA, 2006), and “Before Zen: The Nothing of American Dada” in East-West Interchanges in American Art (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012).

Baas has organized over thirty exhibitions and has published, lectured, and conducted numerous workshops on modern and contemporary art and architecture, with subjects ranging from print culture to the Mexican muralists to Asian perspectives in European and American art. She was curator for the 1990 exhibition, The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty (ICA London; LAMOCA; UC Berkeley; Hood Museum, Dartmouth; IVAM Valencia); for No Boundary: Duchamp, Cage, and Mostly Fluxus at the 2006 Gwangju Biennale; and for Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, which traveled from Dartmouth to NYU and the University of Michigan in 1911-12 and was voted “Best Show in a University Gallery” by the American Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics.

Articles with Jacquelynn Baas


Marcel Duchamp and the Artist of Tomorrow

More than any other artist of the modern era, the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) has shifted how art is understood. His views have altered not only the way art is made, but also the way it is presented to and experienced by the public, erasing the barrier between art and life, and integrating art into the real world. Jacquelynn Baas discusses his work and ideas in relation to contemporary artists.