C. Griffith Mann
Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Dr. C. Griffith Mann is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he is responsible for overseeing the museum’s collections and programs areas, including collections management, conservation, curatorial, education and interpretation, exhibitions, library and archives, performing arts, publications and information management and technology services. Griff is helping to lead the museum through its current building campaign, works closely with curators on acquisitions, is intimately involved in the reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection and associated interpretation, and helps to oversee the museum’s exhibitions and publication programs. He received his Ph.D. in Medieval Art from The Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College in 1991. A specialist in the arts of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy, Griff has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. Prior to arriving in Cleveland in 2008, Griff served as the Director of the Curatorial Division at the Walters Art Museum. While in Baltimore, Griff served as a contributing curator for The Book of Kings: Art, War, and Politics in the Morgan Library’s Medieval Picture Bible, was the principal curator for Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod, and authored the catalogue of the Walters’ Ethiopian collection. Since arriving in Cleveland, Griff served as co-curator for Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe, which was organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art (October 17, 2010 – January 17, 2011), the Walters Art Museum (February 13, 2011 – May 15, 2011) and the British Museum (June 23, 2011 – October 9, 2011), and which Apollo Magazine shortlisted as one of best exhibitions of 2011. Griff served as a 2011 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, and participated in the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute in 2006.