Edward Cooke, Jr, PhD

  • Charles F. Montgomery Professor in the History of Art and Professor of American Studies
  • PhD, Boston University , 1983
  • MA, University of Delaware, 1979
  • BA, Yale University, 1977
  • "Women Furniture Makers; From Decorative Designer to Studio Makers." In Pat Kirkham, ed., Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference. New Haven: Yale UP, 2000
  • "The Rise of Women Furniture Makers," Woodwork 68 (April 2001). 68-75
  • "Garry Knox Bennett: The Urban Cowboys as Furniture Maker." In Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Knox Bennett, New York: American Craft Museum, 2001
  • 2006. Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions. Salem, MA: Peabody Essex Museum, 2006.
  • "An International Studio: The Furniture Collaborations of the Greenes and the Halls" in Edward Bosley and Anne Mallek, eds., A 'New and Native' Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene (London: Merrill, 2008)
International activities
  • Journal of Modern Craft
    United Kingdom (2007-Present)
    The Journal of Modern Craft, published by Berg Publishers in England, maintains a strong international focus. The Journal is co-edited by collaborators in England. URL: http://www.bergpublishers.com/JournalsHomepage/TheJournalofModernCraft/tabid/3254/Default.aspx

    Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College of Art

  • Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions
    China, United States (2006-2007)
    This exhibition aims to bring contemporary studio furnituremakers from North America and China together and to study the rich collections of historic Chinese furniture in the Boston area and then charge the contemporary makers to create new work inspired by the historic examples. The show, at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2006, traveled to the Museum of Art & Design in New York during 2007, and later the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art. URL: http://www.pem.org/sites/ibc/

  • Globalization of Modern Craft
    China, India (2006-2007)
    Professor Cooke teaches a graduate seminar entitled "The Globalization of Modern Craft," based on his experiences meeting craft leaders in China and India during sabbatical travels in 2006-7. These travels have also led to a paper entitled "Why Material Culture Matters in the 21st Century: Musings from India;" this work was the James C. Curtis Commencement Lecture for the Winterthur Program in American Culture.

French, German