Jaap HoogstratenField Museum

    Jaap Hoogstraten has been the director of exhibitions at the Field Museum of Natural History since 2011. He began at the Field Museum in 2000 responsible for exhibitions planning. The exhibitions department at the Field has a staff of sixty and includes project management, traveling exhibitions, content development, design, and production. He oversees the programming of all temporary exhibitions as well as a robust outbound traveling exhibitions program. Recently the Field developed, designed, and produced several major China-related exhibitions, including “China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Army,” 2016–2017, in collaboration with Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center, and Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum; and “Splendors of China’s Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong,” 2014, in collaboration with the Palace Museum in Beijing; and the “Cyrus Tang Hall of China,” a permanent exhibition featuring the Field’s extensive collections from China. Hoogstraten is the recipient of twelve American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology “Muse” awards. Hoogstraten holds a BA in comparative literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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