James Cuno

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James Cuno
Born James Bash Cuno
(1951-04-04) April 4, 1951 (age 63)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Willamette University
University of Oregon
Harvard University
Employer J. Paul Getty Trust

James Bash Cuno (born April 4, 1951 in St. Louis)[1] is an American art historian and curator, who currently serves as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust since 2011.[2]


Cuno is the former Director of the Harvard Art Museums (1991–2002), the Courtauld Institute (2003–04), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2004–2011).[3]

Cuno received his A.M. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Harvard University in 1980 and 1985; an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Oregon in 1978; and a B.A. in History from Willamette University in 1973. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Charles Philipon and La Maison Aubert: the business, politics, and public of caricature in Paris, 1820-1840.[4]


  • French Caricature and the French Revolution, 1789-1799, 1989. ISBN 0943739055
  • Whose Muse?: Art Museums and the Public Trust, 2006. ISBN 0691127816
  • The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade, and Transformation, 2007. ISBN 0300124287
  • Who Owns Antiquity?: Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage, 2008. ISBN 0691137129
  • The Modern Wing: Renzo Piano and The Art Institute of Chicago, 2009. ISBN 0300141122
  • Master Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009. ISBN 0300151039
  • Whose Culture?: The Promise of Museums and the Debate over Antiquities, 2012. ISBN 0691154430
  • Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum, 2012. ISBN 0226126773


  1. ^ ‘CUNO, James’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 29 April 2013
  2. ^ James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, Named President and Ceo of the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Trust, May 9, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2013. Archived here.
  3. ^ Getty Trust’s Pick for President Surprises Art World. by Randy Kennedy, nytimes.com, May 9, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.worldcat.org/title/charles-philipon-and-la-maison-aubert-the-business-politics-and-public-of-caricature-in-paris-1820-1840/oclc/15746100&referer=brief_results

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