Dr. Gordon Ambrosino joins the University of New Mexico and the Maxwell as its NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Coordinator. He earned his PhD in 2017 in Anthropology from La Universidad de los Andes Bogotá, Colombia. From 2017-2020, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in the Art of the Ancient Americas Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He comes to the Maxwell from Auburn University, where he served as NAGPRA Coordinator and an Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Ambrosino is a landscape archaeologist whose research draws upon and contributes to the anthropologies of art, place, and semiotics as well as the interrelations between past and present people, objects in museums, and the land. Through prior and current repatriation consultation work, he has collaborated with Native communities and leaders from diverse places including Alaska, the Andes, the Southeast and the Southwest. Most recently, Dr. Ambrosino has been working on a collaborative exhibition that focuses on the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.
This culturally plural landscape, which has been at the center of recent disputes and controversies, contains more than 100,000 cultural sites from at least 10,000 years of human history. Dr. Ambrosino’s collaboration is with and between the LACMA, the Natural History Museum of L.A. County (NHMLAC), and the Bears-Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and the tribes themselves who are part of this coalition.