Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman-Joan Whitney Payson Fellow in the Education Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. She began that position shortly after completing her PhD in Art History at the University of Southern California in May 2014. Her dissertation, “Contemporary Pre-Columbian Art: Recasting Artifacts through Object Biographies,” focused on three contemporary Mexican artists who reinterpret pre-Columbian images in their work. In her postdoctoral appointment, she is continuing a vein of her research by examining the influence of pre-Columbian art on the work of Josef and Anni Albers. More specifically, she is curating an exhibition titled “Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas” (opening February 2017) that looks at the Alberses as collectors of pre-Columbian objects and ancient Peruvian textiles. In her current position, she is also responsible for overseeing academic affairs for the Gallery, in which she works primarily with Yale faculty on integrating original works of art into their courses.
She has participated in summer programs in both archaeology and anthropology, and has worked in various museums in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for Kaya Press, a non-profit independent publisher for books that address the Asian Diaspora.