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Elena Phipps

Elena Phipps has been a conservator at Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked between 1977-2010. She gets her PhD in Pre-Columbian artwork from the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University (1989). Her interests revolve around the history of techniques and fabric materials in relation to cultural viewpoints. She was co-curator of an exhibition and also co-author of the catalogue The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork 1530-1830, at the MMA. The catalog was granted both the Alfred Barr Jr. award from the College Art Association, and the Mitchell Prize, at 2006. She has contributed documents in a number of publications like The Getty Murúa: Historia General del Piru. Her recent publications include Cochineal Red: the art history of some color (Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press)2010 and Looking at Textiles (Getty Publications, Los Angeles) 2011.

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