CYA Virtual Lecture Series
15 Jul 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || July 15, 2020

This Wednesday 15 July 2020, at 12 pm (EDT) / 7 pm (Athens) our virtual lecture series will host CYA trustee, Christine Kondoleon, Chair of the George D. and Margo Behrakis Art of Ancient Greece and Rome at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and CYA alumna, Phoebe Segal (CYA ’98), the Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. They will take us on a virtual tour and commentary on a selection of significant works of Greek art in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Join us for a live CYA Virtual Lecture on
“Exploring themes of Greek Art in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston”

Facilitating the discussion will be Athena Hadji, author, curator, academic, and CYA professor who teaches the course The Art and Craft of Curating: Making Sense of Art in the 21st Century.


Christine Kondoleon is currently directing the roll-out of eleven new galleries at the world renown Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) as part of the master plan to reinterpret the MFA’s collection.

She is an experienced curator of award winning exhibitions including Games for the Gods, Aphrodite and the God’s of Love; forthcoming is the ground breaking Cy Twombly: Making Past Present. She served as Curator of Ancient Art at the Worcester Art Museum where she organized the Antioch: The Lost Ancient City Exhibition. She served as an Associate Professor of Art at Williams College, Chair of the Department and Acting Director of Clark Art Institute Graduate Program. She was an invited Resident at the American Academy in Rome, and Visiting Professor at Tufts University and Harvard where she received her PhD.

Phoebe Segal is the Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has excavated in Greece, Italy and Cyprus and at the MFA has curated numerous new galleries– Daily Life in Ancient Greece, Homer and the Epics, and Ancient Coins – as well as the special exhibitions, “I must tell you what I saw’: Objects of Witness and Resistance.”

Phoebe began her decade-long career at the MFA as Curatorial Research Associate for Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, which toured internationally (Nagoya, Japan) and domestically (Malibu, San Antonio, Tulsa). She received her PhD from Columbia University where her dissertation, Soaring Votives: Anathemata in Archaic Greek Sanctuaries, focused on the display of votive statues above eye level and the creation of a zone of liminal images mediating the relationship between humans and the divine. She is currently working on a new gallery devoted to Early Greek Art and a special exhibition focusing on race and ethnicity in ancient Greek and Roman art.

Athena Hadji is an academic, curator and author. She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology, anthropology and art history by The University of California Berkeley. Her work encompasses a wide range of theoretical approaches and media.

She has lectured and published extensively on prehistoric Aegean sculpture, contemporary street art, urban crisis and its manifestations, receptions of antiquity and the Arcadian ideal, early travelers in Greece, early 20th century trade in antiquities, and idealized versions of the past in cultural heritage management. She has received numerous awards and distinctions as a scholar from, among others, the Fulbright and Onassis Foundations. As a curator she taught at the Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar at Kenyon College.