Joanne Pillsbury



Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art


Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Joanne Pillsbury is the Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A specialist in the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas, she holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. Previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute, and prior to that, director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, she has also taught at the University of Maryland and the University of East Anglia. She was the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous publications, including the three-volume Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530-1900 (2008; published in Spanish as Fuentes documentales para los estudios andinos, 2016, Moche Art and Archaeology in Ancient Peru (2001), Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas (2012), and Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas (2017).