Anthropological Services Ontario

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ASO Staff

  • Chantal C. Lee received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University with a thesis on family dynamics in times of famine. She is a Research Archaeologist and Reenaction Scientist. Currently Chantal is on her first assignment as campaign director, analysing a mid- 19th century biography at The Grange/Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto.

  • Iakub Henschen was originally trained as an MD at the Medical University of Warsaw, but left Poland in 1983 by kayaking 90km across the Baltic sea from the seaside resort of Rewal to the Danish island Bornholm. After stations in Denmark and Germany, he emigrated to Canada in 1995. Iakub has worked in scientific image analysis, computer programming, and documentary film. As full-time staff with ASO since 2005, Iakub has coordinated a number of our excavation and recovery campaigns and compiles the visual evidence and documentation of our assignments.

ASO Associates

  • Iris Häussler has a degree in fine art from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München. She has collaborated with ASO on several previous projects. Most notably, she was instrumental in transcribing handwritten notes from the papers of Dr. Peter Gaster. In 2008, Iris choreographed and coordinated public visits to the site of the Grange Excavation project, as part of the reopening of the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is currently in Sydney, Australia, investigating a case on Cockatoo Island, where a series of non-canonical artifacts of human creation were discovered.

ASO Consultants

  • David Moos, PhD, is an independent art advisor, curator and writer based in Toronto, Canada. He received both his MA and PhD in art history from Columbia University, New York. Moos was the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, from 1998 to 2004, and more recently the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. He has organized numerous retrospectives and travelling exhibitions, including Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity (2000) and Radcliffe Bailey: The Magic City (2001) at the Birmingham Museum of Art, as well as The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950–2005 (2005) and Julian Schnabel: Art and Film (2010) at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Moos is a contributing editor to Art Papers and Art US. ASO is fortunate to be able to draw on Dr. Moos’s expertise; it is often a part of ASO’s mandate to clarify the balance between artistic expression and the utility of recovered artifacts. David’s background and insights have been invaluable in this regard.

  • Gerald McMaster, OC, PhD, is a curator, artist and writer, and currently the artistic director of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, together with Catherine de Zegher. Since 2005, Gerald has been the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, where he recently curated Inuit Modern: The Esther and Samuel Sarick Collection. He was also a member of the curatorial team for the 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, McMaster was the director’s special assistant for Mall exhibitions and deputy assistant director of cultural resources. McMaster was also curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In 1995 McMaster was the Canadian Commissioner to the XLVI Venice Biennale. He has curated many renowned exhibitions, including In the Shadow of the Sun (1988), Indigena (1992), Edward Poitras (1995) and Reservation X (1998). While at the Smithsonian, he co-edited and co-curated First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art (2004), edited and curated New Tribe: New York (2005–06) and co-curated Remix: Multiple Modernities in a Post-Indian World (2007). ASO is privileged to collaborate with Dr. McMaster on a regular basis regarding questions in our work that pertain to Canadian First Nations.