Danny Smith is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University and the 2020-2021 Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Anthony M. Clark Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. His dissertation, “Dreaming in Public in Late Medieval Rome,” considers monumental depictions of dreams and dreaming in thirteenth-century Rome within shifting theological, scientific, and political conceptions of the oneiric in the Middle Ages.
Currently he is a Curatorial Fellow at the Cantor Art Center where he is organizing the exhibition Exquisite Reality: Photography and the Invention of Nationhood, 1851-1900 due to open in April 2021. He is also Project Manager for Stanford's Global Medieval Sourcebook a free and open-source database of new English translations of medieval texts in more than twenty-five languages from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Danny has held curatorial positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum and served as a studio assistant for the conceptual artist Jenny Holzer and a researcher and fabricator for the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas. He received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Carleton College and an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.