Dr. Kenneth Wayne, Founding Director and President
Dr. Alessandro De Stefani
THE MODIGLIANI PROJECT
PROMOTING RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP ON THE ARTIST
AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1884-1920)
Dr. Alessandro De Stefani, Senior Research Associate, Monza, Italy
Dr. De Stefani has researched Modigliani for almost 30 years and has extensive knowledge of the artist's work and milieu. He is especially interested in Modigliani's drawings, which he has chronicled in depth. An art historian, Dr. De Stefani carried out his studies at the Università di Bologna.
Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D., founded The Modigliani Project in 2013 to research and chronicle the art and life of Amedeo Modigliani, promote scholarship and secure the artist’s legacy for posterity. An established art historian, curator and museum professional, Dr. Wayne has studied Modigliani for more than 30 years and leads The Modigliani Project’s activities as President. He oversees research and scholarship projects, the Advisory Council’s activities, and the Catalogue Raisonné Committee’s work.
Dr. Wayne holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University; his M.A. in Modern Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and his B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley. He also studied Art Law at Stanford University Law School. During his career, Dr. Wayne curated dozens of exhibitions on late 19th- and early 20th-century art. He has served as Deputy Director of The Naguchi Museum; Chief Curator at Heckscher Museum of Art; Curator, Modern Art, at Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and the Joan Whitney Payson Curator at Portland (Maine) Museum of Art.
Leslie Koot, AAA, is a recognized art historian and provenance researcher, bringing her specialized expertise in the work of Amedeo Modigliani to her position as Vice President. Ms. Koot holds an M.A. in Modern Art History, Connoisseurship, and History of the Art Market from
Christie’s Education in New York. She is also a Certified Member—those with the most extensive level of experience—of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), specializing in modern and contemporary art.
Ms. Koot helps lead the furthering of scholarship on Amedeo Modigliani, developing public programs and creating an archive of the artist’s work and related historical documents.
Maintaining and developing new collaborations with international research institutions will be another focus of her activities.
Julie Martin, has a B.A. from Radcliffe College/Harvard University, M.A/ Columbia University. She is a leading expert on Montparnasse who interviewed numerous people in the 1980s who knew Modigliani personally. She co-authored various publications with her late husband Billy Klüver, including Kiki's Paris: Artists and Lovers, 1900-1930 (1989), Kiki's Memoirs (1996), and A Day with Picasso [24 Photographs by Jean Cocteau] (1997). Earlier, they had written a catalogue essay for the Jewish Museum exhibition, The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris, 1905-1945 (1985).
Julie Martin has valuable non-profit experience. She is currently Director of Experiments in Art and Technology that was founded in the 1960s by Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. She also worked with John Cage. She is on the Board of the Chaim Gross Foundation. Julie Martin recently donated her Montparnasse archive to the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She has been serving on The Modigliani Project's Advisory Council.
Anne Lewis, CPA, Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant; she serves private clients with a focus on accounting and international taxation. Ms. Lewis earned a joint master’s degree in Accounting and Business Management from Northwestern University, and her dual bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Oakland University, Michigan. Before becoming a C.P.A. 14 years ago, Ms. Lewis worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation in Paris and as a marketing manager for luxury cosmetic brands in New York.
As Treasurer, Ms. Lewis provides financial oversight and guidance, as well as accounting and preparation of The Modigliani Project’s financial reporting.
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