Who's your Dandy?
My name is John-Duane Kingsley and this website serves as a portfolio of professional projects in the museum field. As a divergent thinker, my professional work and interests straddle LGBTQIA+ identity and representation within museums, historic interiors, contemporary craft/design, and public education. Because these topics aren't contained by a specific institution or discipline, I've created this website to serve as a publicly accessible repository for my work from graduate school to the present.
After pursuing an MA in Decorative Arts & Design History from George Washington University, I moved to Detroit, Michigan to supervise the design of custom reproduction furniture and decorative arts for the restoration of Fair Lane: The Home of Clara & Henry Ford. Currently, I serve as the Education Programs Coordinator (Humanities) for the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. In this capacity, I manage educational programing and tour content related to the history of the Ford family as collectors and connoisseurs of fine art and design. My consulting work for Twisted Preservation Cultural Consulting focuses on interpreting LGBTQIA+ narratives in cultural heritage sites. As a published author, my writing on contemporary craft and design can be found in MetalSmith Magazine, The Journal of Modern Craft, and the exhibit catalog for allTURNatives at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA.