Guest Curators

We want to say thank you to our outgoing Guest Curator, Elinor Levy! If you missed a chance to see her fantastic artifacts, please stop by the Guest Curator Archive Page. You can also examine all of our past Guest Curator’s as well.

Welcome to our Guest Curator, Laura E. Ruberto!

I am eternally fascinated by objects. Objects are capacious: they shape our everyday lives, they link us to others, they fill-up real spaces, they form imagined worlds, and they can even direct our memories. I have selected seven items to exhibit here—some of these pieces have family stories to tell, others reflect my research interests in Italian and Italian American culture and history, and some manage to do both. 

As a Humanities professor at Berkeley City College my research and teaching is wildly interdisciplinary cutting across cultural studies, film studies and the study of material culture and oral histories. Looking at things and their stories beautifully ties all these fields together for me. 

If you are a folklorist or a collector of folklore/popular culture artifacts, please consider becoming a Guest Curator. Your objects will be highlighted here on a rotating basis.

All we ask is that the objects be yours, you have a photograph of the objects, and all or most of the information about the object (see the guidelines below, for more details).

Guest Curator Guidelines:

1. Artifacts must fall within the subject of our website (folklore, folk art, popular culture, etc).

2. Artifacts must be a part of your own personal collection.

3. Submissions must be limited to no more than five artifacts.

4. Submissions must contain a photograph of the artifact, as well as the title, purpose, country of origin, culture , materials, and dimensions of the artifact.

5. We also would like your photograph and a brief biography to accompany the collection.

Please contact, and write Guest Curator in the subject line for further information or with any questions. We cannot wait to highlight your collection!