Dr Chris McAuliffe is an independent art historian and Honorary Fellow at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne. He was appointed Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in August 2000. Prior to that he was a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne for ten years. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and of Harvard University, Dr McAuliffe has a long involvement in Australian contemporary art as a curator, historian and commentator. Dr McAuliffe has researched and written extensively in the area of contemporary art, and on the relationship of art to sport, popular music, suburbia and Australian culture. He has been a regular presenter on ABC TV’s ‘Sunday Arts’ and 'Art Nation'. He is the author of Art and Suburbia, 1996, Linda Marrinon: let her try, and Jon Cattapan: possible histories, 2008. In 2011-12, he will be the Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.