Joseph Traugott is an independent curator and writer. He received his PhD in American Studies from The University of New Mexico. In 2013, after a thirty year career, he retired as curator of twentieth-century art from the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. He previously held curatorial positions at The University of New Mexico’s Jonson Gallery, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and University Art Museum, getting his start as the Curator of the model gallery at South Street Seaport Museum in New York. Traugott is the author of numerous books on New Mexico art and material culture, among them New Mexico Art through Time: Prehistory to the Present, Visualizing Albuquerque, Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art, and The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One. His latest book,Buried Cars: from Stonehenge to the Grand Canyon, with Patrick Nagatani will be released from the University of New Mexico Press in the spring. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederick Hammersely Foundation.