Heather Davis is a professor at The New School in New York’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. An interdisciplinary researcher, she works at the intersection of the environmental humanities, media studies and visual culture, and for a number of years has been interested in the way the saturation of fossil fuels has shaped contemporary culture. In the course of her research residency at the Grantham Foundation, she has developed her next book, entitled Petro-Time. Davis is the co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments, and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2014), the editor of Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017), and the author of Plastic Matter (Duke University Press, 2022). She has also authored some twenty essays and was the co-curator of Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials (2018–2020), an exhibition taking a thoughtful look at environmental issues.
The author of many books and catalogues, co-editor of a number of anthologies, including Histoires sociales de l’art, une anthologie critique (Les presses du réel, 2016), and an independent curator, from 2014 to 2017 Johanne Lamoureux was the director of the Department of Education and Research at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris. She is a professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal, where she also holds the Canada Research Chair in Civic Museology. She has chaired the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment’s scientific committee and annual jury for its artist and research residencies since the institution’s creation. Her own research, conducted as part of a SSHRC Partnership program in which the MMFA is one of the partner museums, notably focuses on new uses for art museums’ collections.