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Alumni News, 2013-14
Recently started working at Marian Goodman Gallery as an Assistant Director. Previously employed at Gladstone Gallery from October 2010-January 2013.
Anthony Alofsin, Roland Roessner Centennial Professor at the University of Texas, had a German language edition of his book, When Buildings Speak, appear as Architektur beim Wort nehmen. Bildhaft sprechende Baukunst des Habsburgerreiches und seiner Nachfolgestaaten 1867-1933 (Salzburg: Pustet Verlag). His latest book, Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector was published in spring 2012; it provides the first catalogue raisonné of the architect's unique collection of German and Austrian art prints. Prof. Alofsin is currently working on an experimental book on domestic architecture with an interactive web site, Dream Home, which will be accessed through www.DreamHomeTheBook.com. He is also conducting research for a new book on Wright and his client, Reverend William Norman Guthrie.
Honorary Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Co-editor with Gail Fenske and David Fixler, Aalto and America (London: Yale University Press, 2012).
Julia Assante's book, The Last Frontier (New World Library), won the Nautilus Gold Award 2013 for books in the category of grief, death, and dying. Publisher's Weekly called it "...the most important book on the enigma of death since the groundbreaking work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross."
In 2006 Ms. Atherton offered Children Speak Tsunami to the George W. H Bush Library in honor of the 2005 SE Asia Tsunami. She collected children's drawings in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia. In addition, she created a 51 minute video of Buddhist grieving ceremonies for each country, a segment on USA NGO aid impact, and President Bush and President Clinton touring the area. Presently Ms. Atherton is looking to preserve culture in Internet Environments with use of local aesthetics and native display formats. She is interested in using the anthropological skills to improve exchange between multinationals and single nations to understand culture in a business environment. Ms. Atherton is open to new opportunities that may be available.
Noit Banai received a National Endowment of the Humanities grant to participate in the Summer Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers (Paris, 2012) "France's Haunting Past: Debating 20th Century History and French National Identity Since 1990," Organized by Richard J. Golsan and Henry Rousso. She also published the article "Simulating Iraq: Cultural Mediation and the Effects of the Real," in Public Culture vol. 24, no. 2 (Spring 2012).
Jessica (Marshall) Basciano was Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University in spring 2013. She presented papers at the New Directions in Gothic Revival conference (University of Kent, July 2012) and at the symposium "'Sang Sacré': Conflicting Associations in French Art" (Pratt Institute, February 2013). She also contributed a paper to a session on modern monastic architecture at the SAH conference in Buffalo.
Frederique Baumgartner received her PhD from Harvard University in 2011. She focuses on 18th- and 19th-century European Art.
Colleen Becker is a Visiting Fellow at the University of London, School of Advanced Studies, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies. In July 2013, she will present a paper on Aby Warburg at the "Negotiating Boundaries" conference at the University of Birmingham. She will read "Incorporating the Body Politic: Germania within the Public Sphere" at the German Studies Association conference in October. Curators Ricarda Vidal (King's College) and Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary) commissioned her flash fiction piece "What We Made" for "Translation Games," a collaborative examination of the theory and practice of translation within literature, language and fine art.
Adrienne Baxter Bell
Adrienne Baxter Bell received the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award at Marymount Manhattan College, where she is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the College Honors Program. Her recent presentations include "Mark-Maker: The Gnostic Body in Gilded Age American Art and Psychology" (SECAC, 2012) and "George Inness and the Poetry of Place" (April 2013, Montclair Art Museum, sponsored by The New Jersey Council on the Humanities). She is chair of the sessions "We Are Where We Are Not: Picturing Invisibility in Nature Representations" (SECAC, 2013) and "Still on Terra Firma?: The American Landscape in Contemporary Art" (CAA, 2014).
In July 2013 I will take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University, where I will also be a lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology.
Priya Bhatnagar is director of publications for Urs Fischer's imprint Kiito-San and edited the catalogue for his exhibition currently on view at MOCA in Los Angeles.
An all day symposium devoted to my first book on Vermeer and his daughter was held at the New York Humanities Institute of NYU on May 18, 2013, including Anthony Grafton, Chuck Close, and Lawrence Weschler as participants. I remain an "insurgent," but a chastened one.
Annette Blaugrund is curating an exhibition, "Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England," accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. The show, which will reveal his paintings and oil studies, his involvement with stereography, and his various studios in NY, will open Oct. 27, 2013 at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, NY.
I was co-curator, with Judith Mann, of the monographic Federico Barocci exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum (Oct. 2012-Jan. 2013), which also traveled to the National Gallery London (Feb.-May 2013); and I was coauthor of the catalogue, Federico Barocci, Renaissance Master of Color and Line (Yale UP, 2012). I co-edited (with James Saslow) A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
Mary Ann Bonet
For the last year, I have been teaching school and family programs at the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, El Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of the City of New York. This summer, I am excited to return to Columbia to start my Ed.M. in Art and Art Education at Teachers College. I look forward to juggling school and work in the coming months!
Elizabeth Childs was appointed Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History at Washington University; she continues in her role as Chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Her new book Vanishing Paradise: Art and Exoticism in Colonial Tahiti (University of California Press) was published in May 2013. She will be contributing to the exhibition catalogue for the Gauguin show at MoMA in spring 2014.
My photography has taken off this past year, with invitations to several group exhibits and prizes in juried competitions. My website has recently been launched: ecurrierimages.com, which shows an eclectic array of work that includes pinhole, infrared and gold-toned images.
I have started a contemporary art gallery on the Lower East Side, Denny Gallery located at 261 Broome Street. www.dennygallery.com.
Trained in online course design by JesuitNET. Taught Chinese Culture for Marketing at Fordham's Gabelli School of Business—taking my Columbia art history education into the world of Sino-American business.
Sonja Drimmer will be joining the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in fall 2013 as assistant professor of medieval art. She was also awarded a Riley Fellowship by the Huntington Library and spent the summer in residence as the Frankfort Fellow at the Warburg Institute. Over the past year, Sonja published articles and essays in the British Library Journal, Antenna: The Journal for the Royal Entomological Society, and the volume Manuscripts and Printed Books in Europe, 1350-1550: Packaging, Presentation and Consumption (University of Liverpool Press).
Mary D. Edwards
I published "'Straight and without Deviation': the Mission of Saint Lucy as Told in Fresco by Altichiero, 1379-84," in Il Santo: rivista francescana di storia dottrina arte, L, 2012; "Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains," a review of the Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum: February 18-May 15, 2011, in the SECAC Review, XVI, 2012; "A Memento Mori Motif in Nicola Pisano's Pulpit in the Baptistery at Pisa," in Medieval Perspectives, XXVII, 2012; and a short story, "The New Pistol," in the Paterson Literary Review, XL, 2012-13.
Lisa Florman has been promoted to Professor in the History of Art Department at Ohio State University. Her book, Concerning the Spiritual—and the Concrete—in Kandinsky's Art, will be published by Stanford University Press this January.
Michelle Finocchi runs her own communications consultancy, specializing in press relations for art-related clients, including galleries and artists. She is based in NYC.
Tatiana Flores was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her book Mexico's Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to 30-30 has just been released by Yale University Press.
I published a book on Hitchcock's Frenzy.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at the University of Texas Austin specializing in contemporary African/African Diaspora art. I am currently in Lagos, Nigeria conducting dissertation research on Nigerian photographers' depictions of Lagos since the 1950s. In 2012 I was the inaugural Mercer Graduate Curatorial Fellow at AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, TX where I guest curated two exhibitions: "De-Luxe: Collections Selections" and "New Works: April Wood." I also published exhibition essays, the Studio Museum's "Fore" and AMOA-Arthouse's "Texas Prize 2012". Earlier this year I was invited to curate an exhibition on Brandywine Print Workshop prints at UT.
This spring, Alex Gartenfeld co-organized (with Sir Norman Rosenthal) a landmark survey of New York art, featuring new works by 25 artists, including substantial new works by Dan Graham, Adrian Piper and Rebecca Quaytman, among others. He was recently named curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, where he is opening his first exhibition in September. This year he was honorably asked to join the nomination committees for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and Artissima.
My book, Pieter Bruegel and the Culture of the Early Modern Dinner Party, was published in May 2013 as part of Ashgate's Visual Culture in Early Modernity series.
I am the Head of Benefit Auctions for Paddle8. Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the world.
Margaret B. (Hayden) Grossman
I am now a lawyer, practicing real estate law in New York at Paul, Weiss LLP. I married Ben Grossman (also a lawyer in New York) in September 2012.
I am the new Director of the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where I have taught in the Department of Art and Art History since 2003. My book, The Absence of Work: Marcel Broodthaers, 1924-1976, was published by MIT Press/October Books in 2010, and I was the Tomás Harris Visiting Professor at University College London this spring (2013). I have published essays on a range of artists, including James Coleman, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Chantal Akerman.
Piri Halasz was happy to see that the College Art Association has added a section for "contingent faculty" at its website because she is on the board of an organization that such faculty might find helpful. It is the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, which is open to any serious scholar who isn't in a full-time position with a college, university or institution devoted to the academic field in which the scholar specializes. Their website is www.ncis.org.
As the Acting Chief Curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Milena Hoegsberg just published Living Labor, a publication produced in conjunction with the group exhibition Arbeidstid ("work time") exploring the time and space of labor. She is currently working on a performative solo project with emerging artist Lea Porsager (Oct. 2013), and a large Bauhaus Stage Art exhibition in collaboration with Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, which will open in May 2014.
Jim continues to work as a User Experience Architect for the consulting firm Accenture. His recent projects included digital strategy for Bose and user interface design for the California healthcare exchange ("Obamacare").
As the director of the Nancy Graves Foundation, I am collaborating with the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany, on organizing a large retrospective, Nancy Graves Project, that opens in October 2013. My essay "Mapping Space and Time" will be published in the catalog. I lectured at the CAA 2013 in the session on "Cartographic Practices in Art and Architecture". Here, in the Art History and Archaeology Department, I taught the Senior Thesis Seminar. As Christina Stahr I exhibited in group shows, and have a large site-specific installation on view at the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ through September.
Michael A. Jacobsen
I continue to publish on vintage automobiles and road racing in the '50s in Vintage Racecar Journal, Classic MG Magazine and in the current MMM Yearbook. I also contribute to the website The Chicane. I raced my '34 MG Magnette last year at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and this year at the Sonoma Historics and am entered for the Monterey Historics in August. I donated my art history library to the University of Georgia's program at Cortona, Italy.
Jinyoung Jin is the Gallery Director at The Korea Society in New York. Representing the artistic and the cultural initiatives of The Korea Society, she is actively involved in developing and curating art exhibitions to further encourage understanding of Korea and Korean culture in the US. Focusing on a goal to reach audiences outside the major metropolitan areas, where opportunities to see beyond the headlines can be very limited, Jin has introduced diverse traveling exhibitions to museums and institutions in North America to cover Korean history, culture, religion and contemporary issues. Some of the exhibitions Jin curated include "The Hidden Beauty of Korea Captured by Five Artists from Abroad 1920s-1950s" (2013), "10,000 Threads: The Collected Works of Quilt Master Kim Haeja" (2011), "Missionary Photography in Korea: Encountering the West Through Christianity" (2009), "North Korean Images at Utopia's Edge" (2008), "Toy Stories: Souvenirs from Korean Childhood" (2008), "Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World" (2007), and "Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames" (2005).
Trudy S. Kawami
"Voices From the Past: Some Noble Vessels Speak" Dar al-Athar Al-Islamiyah, Kuwait City, April 1, 2013.
"Cosmopolitan Splendor: the First Millennium BCE in West Asia." in Splendors of the Ancient East. Antiquities from the al-Sabah Collection. Thames & Hudson, London, 2013, pp. 71-82.
"Parthian and Elymaean Rock Reliefs," Oxford Handbook on Ancient Iran. Oxford U. Press 2013.
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth. Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon; Aug. 31-Dec. 22, 2013.
Laura C. Kenner
Laura C. Kenner worked with Rosalyn Deutsche to complete a senior thesis on Louise Lawler's exhibition catalogue, A Spot on the Wall. The thesis identified the ways in which Lawler's formatting, sequencing, and captioning allows the artist to present a new site of the work that straddles two modes of existence—the past exhibition and present book form. Kenner was awarded Departmental Honors in Art History and Archaeology, graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Danielle is working for Ralph Lauren as a showroom designer in the Global Creative Services department.
I currently am a Global Consumer Analyst at the hedge fund Tiger Asia. More importantly, I'm on the committee for my twenty year reunion at Columbia College and look forward to reconnecting with classmates.
Juliet Koss, Associate Professor and Chair of Art History, Scripps College, Claremont, spent spring 2013 as a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2012-13 she published three essays: "Bauhausfolket [Bauhaus People]" in Kulturo: Tidsskrift for Kunst, Litteratur og Politik 34 (Copenhagen, Fall 2012); "Scalebound Bauhaus," in The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking (Yale, 2012); and "Wagnerska Beroenden/Wagnerian Addictions," in Mer an Ljud/More Than Sound (Stockholm: Bonniers, 2013).
Kathryn Kramer has been promoted to Full Professor in the Art and Art History Department at the State University of New York at Cortland. Beginning in Fall 2013, Professor Kramer will begin a term as Chair of the Department.
I am currently interning at the Frick Collection until mid July and will enroll at The Courtauld Institute in the Fall to complete a Master's degree in the History of Art.
Andrea Luján received her BA with honors in Art History from Columbia University in 2011. Having conducted an historiographical analysis of a nexus based on cultural artistic roots in American history, she has lectured at the 2012 joint conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Congress on Research in Dance; and the 2013 international joint conference co-hosted by the Society of Dance History Scholars, the Nordic Forum for Dance Research, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway. Luján is pursuing an interdisciplinary MA degree in the Study of the Americas at CUNY.
Janet Oh most recently produced the performance and lecture series at the Art Institute of Chicago. She will be matriculating in the Ph.D. in Art History program at CUNY Graduate Center this fall, focusing on interwar photography.
Published two articles: "World Views: Late 18th Century Approaches to Mapmaking in China and Britain," Orientations, April 2013 and "Maps of the World (Cheonhado) in Korean Atlases of the Nineteenth Century," in Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges and Perspectives, University Press of Florida. Presented public lectures at DePauw University, University of Florida and China Institute in New York.
For the past two years, I have been curating an international residency program at Chicago's Hyde Park Art Center, the city's oldest alternative contemporary art space. I also research, write, and curate independently. My background in South Asian contemporary art remains a focus, though I am interested in its intersection with the broader international context.
My article "Domestic Display and Imperial Identity" recently appeared in the Huntington Library Quarterly, and I will also be contributing to the catalogue of the upcoming exhibition of Victorian sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art and Tate Britain.
Conceived and co-chaired: "Rock the Boat: Open Mic + Tweet #caa2013rock," a new format, crowdsourcing session for the 2013 CAA Conference that asked: "With or without technology, are you doing something to rock the pedagogical boat of art history?" Presented: "Don't just go to the museum: weave museum field trips into your art history survey with VoiceThread multimedia technology, and grow the 'working space' in your classroom," at the 2013 Baruch College/Rubin Museum of Art Conference on Museums and Higher Education in the 21st Century: Collaborative Methods and Models for Innovation.
Will be a fellow at the Clark Institute of Art in the Fall of 2013.
My book An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan: Edward Mark Slocum was published in 2012. I am the author of "An Allegorical Portrait of Richard Wagner with His Muse" in Wagneriana (Spring 2013).
My book on Dali has just come out: Tiny Surrealism: Salvador Dali and the Aesthetics of the Small (Nebraska, 2012).
Works as the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Our latest exhibition, "In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall" opens June 28, 2013.
Karen S. Rubinson
2013: "Gender Archaeology in East Asia and Eurasia," with Katheryn Linduff, A Companion to Gender Prehistory, Diane Bolger, ed.: 351-371. Wiley and Sons.
2012: "Some Metal Belts from Hasanlu," Nāmvarnāmeh: Papers in Honour of Massoud Azarnoush, Hamid Fahimi and Karim Alizadeh, eds.: 107-112. Tehran.
2012: "Urartian Belts and Some Antecedents," Biainili-Urartu, Stephan Kroll et al. eds.: 391-396. Peeters.
I am President of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) which supports research in and about Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. At the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, where I am a Research Associate, I organized a South Caucasus Colloquium in December 2012.
I made a TED talk about medieval manuscripts. You can tell I studied with DF! Check out the talk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWkRFRLP-Ds&feature=youtu.be. Let me know what you think.
I recently graduated from Columbia with a Bachelors degree in Art History. I am currently working at Remezcla, a Latin culture online publication.
David Shapiro has expanded his business Museo Publications to include fine art appraisal services and has launched a new site detailing the practice: davidshapirofineart.com. He has been actively engaged in studio projects this year, working primarily on watercolors based on sculptures of ideal beauty in ruin: shapirostudio.com. This spring, Shapiro's collaborative proposal to create the Rockaway Museum of Contemporary Art in Fort Tilden's abandoned military bunkers was selected by MoMA and MoMA PS1 for the exhibition "Expo 1." Shapiro has also continued his work as an independent editor for Pearson-Prentice Hall's higher-education Art History list.
Jeffrey Chipps Smith
Elected counselor of the Renaissance Society of America (2013-16). Gave talks in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne (2), Riggisberg (CH), U. Toronto, Huntsville (AL), San Diego, U. Hamburg, FU Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. Wrote articles on the historiography of Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, Hans Vischer, Peter Floetner, Christoph Schwarz and Jesuit confraternities, among others. 2013 is my last year as associate editor of the Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art.
Della Clason Sperling
I am currently doing research on Swiss folk art antecedents of Ferdinand A. Brader (Swiss, 1833-1901) for an exhibition of his drawings at the Canton Museum of Art in December 2014. He was an itinerant folk artist who used graphite on cartridge paper to make large detailed drawings of people's farms, and some businesses, from a bird's eye perspective in Pennsylvania and Ohio from the 1870s to the 1890s. He numbered his works, which appear to be close to one thousand, and 202 have thus far been found. If anyone has knowledge of any works, please see' Brader exhibit' on the web.
Jennifer Moussa Spring
After the birth of my second son here in San Francisco, I have left my office job at Chronicle Books to take up freelancing. I am currently clearing image rights for the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation for their upcoming catalogue raisonne of the artist's work.
Nancy Stula was named Executive Director of the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, effective July 1, 2013. Stula was Director and Curator of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT, where she worked from 2003. She is the author of At Home: The Transcendental Landscapes of Christopher Pearse Cranch (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 2007). Currently she serves on the Board of the Connecticut Arts Alliance and received the 2013 University of Hartford Distinguished Alumni Award presented annually to a graduate who has made an exceptional impact on her/his profession, community, and the University.
Yuma Terada's book Tokyo Utopia was published in Japan in September, 2012 by the publisher Bungeisha. The book, which offers cultural criticism on Japanese society as seen from abroad, is now in its second printing.
Erin Thompson, after having obtained her J.D. from Columbia Law School and practicing as an attorney, will return to academia in Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Art Law and Crime at John Jay College (CUNY).
Catherine Elise Trucks
After graduating in 2007, C. Elise Trucks received an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2009, where she was again classmates with fellow Columbian Iggy Cortez (CC '08) in Professor Nixon's course. Trucks currently teaches art history as an adjunct at the University of Tampa. This October, she will be presenting a paper on 19th century American landscape architecture and its relation to transcendentalist thought at the Universities Art Association of Canada in Banff. She will be a regular contributor to the forthcoming bimonthly International Street Photographer Magazine.
Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo
Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo published Palace of the Mind: The Cloister of Silos and Spanish Sculpture of the Twelfth Century (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012).
I will be trying out and competing at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria in late July.
Published the essay "I just like looking at objects: Douglas Newton, Collector." in Collecting New Guinea Art, edited by Michael Hamson. Palos Verdes Estates, California: Michael Hamson Oceanic Art, 2013: 9-14.
Rachel Weidenbaum (now Rachel Claire) will begin the NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program this September 2013 to earn her MFA. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and has collaborated with Marvell Repertory Theatre, Target Margin Theatre, and Trusty Sidekick. In the HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight she had a scene opposite Christopher Plummer and Kathleen Chalfant.
Laura is Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the MFA, Boston. In July 2013 her show "Sacred Pages: Conversations about the Qur'an" opens at the MFA, with 30 pages from Qur'an manuscripts on view, accompanied by labels written by members of Boston's Islamic community.
I was named an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Fine Arts at Commencement exercises in May, 2013.
Aida Yuen Wong
Aida Yuen Wong was selected as fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies ('12-'13) and conducted research in China on the aesthetic theory and legacy of the modern reformist Kang Youwei (1858-1927). This book project encompasses the history of painting, calligraphy, and cross-cultural relations with Japan and the West. Her edited volume, Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia, was published by the Hong Kong University Press in 2012. It examines the intersections between feminine ideals and changing socio-political circumstances in China, Japan, and Korea during the first half of the twentieth century.
As of 2013, Teriha is preparing to launch a private art advisory in New York & Tokyo, with official opening scheduled for the fall.