Marion Endt-Jones

completed her PhD, examining the legacies of the cabinet of curiosities and the pre-modern marvellous in Surrealism and contemporary art, at the University of Manchester in 2009. Her postdoctoral research, funded by the Henry Moore Foundation (2009-10) and the British Academy (since 2010), focuses on the cultural history of natural objects, such as insects and, most recently, coral. She has published on artist Mark Dion, the use of the vitrine in Surrealism, and the insect in contemporary art and visual culture. She is currently organising an exhibition on coral in science and art in collaboration with the Manchester Museum, and her book Coral: A Cultural History will appear with Reaktion Books in 2014.

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