Nora Annesley Taylor
– is a Swiss-American art historian specializing in Southeast Asian Art History, with a focus on contemporary Vietnamese art. Nora Annesley Taylor holds the position of Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Growing up in Geneva, Switzerland, Nora Annesley Taylor’s love for Asia and art history led her to pursue a doctoral thesis at Cornell University. She spent three years studying the Vietnamese language and another three years conducting field research in Vietnam. During which time, she immersed herself in the local artistic community, interviewing artists, sharing meals, attending weddings, funerals, and cultural festivals. Nora Annesley Taylor has authored Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (Singapore Press, 2009) and numerous essays on modern and contemporary Vietnamese art. She regularly returns to Vietnam for research, with sabbaticals in 2004 and 2014, and more recently in 2022.
In A VILLAGE BEFORE US, Nora Annesley Taylor, as a contributing artist, will share her art history expertise and showcasing her works, including books and manuscripts. “Like Switzerland,” she often remarks, “Vietnam is a village, we all know each other.”