Art History

    October 16, 2023

    Tyler Professor Curates Exhibition "Form and Formless" for UrbanGlass

    Author: Alina Ladyzhensky

    Glass is classified as neither a solid nor liquid— rather, it fluctuates between these states of matter. This scientific phenomenon was a point of inspiration for Form and Formless: Constellations of Knowledge, a new exhibition curated by Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Tyler’s Associate Professor of Global Contemporary Art, at the Robert Lehman Gallery at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York.As Patel explained, the exhibition “meditates on the slipperiness rather than the fixity of identity categories” such as gender, sexuality, nationality, and race. In curating Form and Formless, he sought to foreground works that complicate the notion of identity as something that is singular and static. Read More

    October 11, 2023

    Jessica Braum delivers paper at Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) conference

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Jessica Braum delivered her paper "Plurilocal Subjectivity: Kim Lim’s Transnational Praxis and Cosmopolitan Imagination" on Saturday, September 30, as part of the "Conceptualizing Trans-Asia" double panel co-organized by Alpesh Patel and Jane Chin Davidson for the annual conference of the international organization Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). Read More

    October 10, 2023

    Emily Neumeier receives collaborative NEH grant

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Emily is on the team of six international scholars that received an NEH Collaborative Research Grant of $249,000. The three-year project is titled, "Visualizing Local Christian Communities in Muslim Cosmopolitan Istanbul in the 19th and 20th Centuries". The team will use multi-lingual sources to reconstruct the demography and topography of Istanbul's Greek Orthodox communities, producing articles, podcasts, interactive maps, data visualizations, and virtual and in-person exhibitions. As one of the key collaborators on the project, Emily will be investigating the built environment and architecture of these minority communities in one of the world's largest and most diverse cities. The project will be housed at UC Berkeley. Read More

    October 5, 2023

    Stellar representation for Tyler Art HIstory at SECAC this fall!

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    We have a terrific group of scholars presenting at the annual SECAC conference this month:Gillian Yee (PhD student): “Life, Death, and Everything in Between: Peter Hujar’s Capuchin Catacomb Portraits” (also session chair)Brittany Rubin (PhD student): “’All the Tricks of Aretin[o]’: The Affective Lives of Samuel Pepys’ Reproductive Portrait Collection”Joseph Kopta (Asst. Prof. of Instruction): “The Trebizond Alexander Romance and Representations of Kingship” Noah Randolph (PhD candidate): “Atop the Pedestal: Paula Wilson’s ‘Living Monument’”Ali Printz (PhD candidate): “Upending the Plantationocene: The Coal Sculptures of Charles Edgar Patience”  Read More

    September 14, 2023

    Emma P. Holter to deliver a paper at 2023 SECAC meeting

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Emma P. Holter, a University Fellow and second-year PhD Art History student, will deliver a paper "Color Wars: Woad, Indigo, and the Emergence of Venetian Blue Paper" at the 2023 SECAC conference taking place in Richmond, Virginia. Her paper, part of the panel "Methodology and Pedagogy: The Art of Renaissance and Early Modern Italy," examines the advent of blue drawing paper in fifteenth-century Venice through an eco-critical lens, and explores the material's entanglement with the local textile dyeing industry and the importation of foreign dyestuffs. Read More

    September 12, 2023

    Michael A. Lally named Tyler Art History Department Graduate Teaching Award 2022/3 recipient

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    Based on the innovative syllabus, student outcomes that showed that learning objectives were met in the course and excellent SFFs, the Art History Department has named Maik the Graduate Teacher 2022/3 awardee. Maik developed the course, "The Ocean and Art: Marine Art, Maps and the Ecology of Architecture" contributed significantly to the department's curriculum for undergraduates. Read More

    July 19, 2023

    Art History Grad Students Curate Print Exhibition at Berman Museum

    Author: Wanda Motley Odom

    Art history graduate students Jessica Braum (left) and Natalie Cruz arrange prints for hanging.In early 20th century American artist Asa Cheffetz’s (1897-1965) wood engraving Deserted Farm, the carved lines are so adroitly executed that they create the illusion of wind blowing across a field of grass.“It is remarkable that an artist can convey such a fleeting movement and sensorial experience of the wind blowing in nature by incising lines in wood in a specific manner,” said Tyler art history graduate student Jessica Braum, who along with eight other Art History graduate students and Art History Associate Professor Ashley West co-curated a print exhibition for the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College in Collegeville, 30 miles outside of Philadelphia. Read More

    July 18, 2023

    Curating an upcoming exhibit at the Berman Museum at Ursinus

    Author: Jane DeRose Evans

    This past spring nine Art History graduate students and alumni co-curated a print exhibition for the Berman Museum at Ursinus College, whose Executive Director (Lauren McCardel) is a current doctoral student in our program and whose Collections Manager, Catherine Sirizzotti, is one of our MA alumni. The students acting as co-curators are: Jessica Braum (PhD student), Danielle Cooke (MA alum 23), Natalie Cruz (MA alum 23), Emma Holter (PhD student), Rachael Reynolds (PhD student), Samantha Rhodes (PhD student), Brittany Rubin (PhD student), Alexandra Schoolman (PhD student), and Jessica Sternbach (PhD candidate). Read More


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