Mitchell Codding has been with The Hispanic Society of America since 1984, first serving as assistant director and subsequently as its director since 1995. Born in Oklahoma, he received a BA in Spanish literature in 1976 from the University of Oklahoma, and earned a PhD in Spanish literature, with a specialization in colonial Latin American literature, in 2000 from the University of Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Codding has written extensively on the history and collections of the Hispanic Society, as well as its founder Archer M. Huntington. He has contributed essays to numerous publications and catalogues, including Spain and the United States: the Origins of American Hispanism (2002), Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting (2003), and The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 (2006). Because of his special interest in the history of cartography, he has written essays and collaborated on exhibitions focusing on the Hispanic Society’s world renowned collection of early navigational charts and maps. Most recently he served as curator of the exhibition Cinco siglos de exploración: Fondos cartográficos de la Hispanic Society (2005), presented in La Coruña, Spain, in conjunction with the XXII International Cartographic Conference.
Bettina Funcke is Parkett's Senior US Editor and has published widely on contemporary art and its production. Her recent book, Pop or Populus: Art between High and Low, is forthcoming in English from Walther König. Latest essays include a text on Wade Guyton (Kunsthalle Zurich, 2008), Gerard Byrne (Afterall, 2008), Robert Whitman for the catalogue Local Report (2007), a text on Jacques Rancière for Artforum (2007), and a conversation with Johanna Burton on Guyton\Walker (Bologna, 2008). A member of Continuous Project, she has also lectured on aesthetics, art theory, and art writing at Columbia's MFA program, Bard College, and HfG/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. She also co-edited numerous books with Dia Art Foundation between 1999 and 2007.