BXNU Institute welcomes international curator and scholar Mary Jane Jacob to Newcastle upon Tyne for the UK launch of her recent book Dewey for Artists (Uni of Chicago Press, 2018). Jacob is an American curator, writer, and educator. She is a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is the Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies. She has held posts as Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Since 1990 Jacob has been a pioneer in the areas of public, site-specific, and socially engaged art. She has curated exhibitions, and created public art opportunities that have featured the work of Mark Dion, Suzanne Lacy, Ernesto Pujol, J Morgan Puett, Pablo Helguera, Marina Abramovic and Alfredo Jaar. She is currently working on a large retrospective of the work of Magdalena Abakanowicz at Tate Modern, London.