GC Student News: Nadiah Fellah Helps Organize “Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism” at the Newark Museum

Nadiah Fellah, this year’s Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the American Art Department of the Newark Museum, played a significant role in organizing Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism, opening this Friday at the Newark Museum.

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End of Semester News Bulletin: Student Awards and Fellowships

Congratulations all our students for making it through a challenging semester. Summer’s officially here and we can all enjoy a much-deserved period of research and relaxation. As we look forward to next year, we’re excited to see many of our students receive prestigious awards and fellowships:

External Grants

Andrianna Campbell: CASVA 12-month Chester Dale Fellowship

Joy Partridge: W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library

Rachel Valinsky: Lost & Found Summer Archival Research Grant

Yusuke Isotani: Joan and Stanford Alexander Award, offered by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Suntory Foundation Research Grant

Caroline Gillaspie: American Antiquarian Society summer seminar fellowship, 2016

Remi Poindexter: Havner Curatorial Internship at Crystal Bridges

Elizabeth Berkowitz: Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Research Support Grant, October 2015

Liz Donato: Society of Architectural Historians’ Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars Study Tour Fellowship, Sept. 2015

Michelle Millar Fisher: Robert Storr Travel Grant, Oct 2015

Naraelle Hohensee: Samuel H. Kress Foundation Digital Grant, Fall 2015

Martha Schwendener: Warhol Art Writers Grant, December 2015

Gillian Sneed: Terra Foundation Travel Grant, Fall 2015

Internal Fellowship Awards

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program
Nadiah Fellah
Abigail Lapin
Leila Harris

Early Research Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
Haeyun Park

Early Research Initiative Award for Archival Research in American Studies
Alice Walkiewicz
Betsy Hawley
Gillian Sneed
Danielle Stewart
Ana Perry
Mya Dosch

Early Research Initiative Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies
Maria Quinata

Dissertation Fellowship with the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies
Joy Patridge

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Award
Caroline Gillaspie
Chelsea Haines

Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowships
Mya Dosch
Lauren Rosati
Bree Lehman
Saisha Grayson

Grad-B Fellowships
Gillian Sneed
Maya Harakawa
Paula Burleigh

Voorsanger Fellowship
Whitney Thompson

Mellon Curatorial Fellowships
Liz Hirsch (Dia Art Foundation)
Matilde Guidelli Guidi (Whitney Museum)
Kaegan Sparks (James Gallery)
Chloe Wyma (Queens Museum)


Goodman Travel Awards
Matteo Bellucci
Drew Bucilla
Alisa Tifentale
Joy Partridge
Aaron Slodounik
Gillian Sneed
Betsy Hawley
Chelsea Haines
Stephanie Huber
Sarah Mills
Amanda Wasielewski
Danielle Stewart
Mya Dosch
Leila Harris
Lizzie Berkowitz
Soo-ran Choi
Michelle Fisher
Erika Nelson
Eva Gratta

Lastly, our congratulations to incoming student Anna Ficek, winner of the Schuster Award for Outstanding MA thesis at Hunter College

For more GC Art History news, be sure to check out our Alumni Newsletter 

Thursday, May 19: Kobena Mercer in conversation with David Joselit

Please join Intellectual Publics for a conversation between David Joselit and Kobena Mercer on his new book, Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s. 

Over the years, Kobena Mercer’s art criticism has illuminated the aesthetic innovations of African American, Black British, and Caribbean artists. With the publication of his new book, Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s, he reflects on the transformative impact of artists such as Isaac Julien, Renée Green, Kerry James Marshall, and Yinka Shonibare and offers some thoughts on the future prospects of the critical discourse of hybridity and transculturation that diaspora artists have brought to critical debates on identity and diversity in our global contemporary moment.

 5/18 6:30 PM · Kelly Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Siona Wilson Curates “I can’t breathe” at the Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island


Organized by Dr. Wilson—professor of contemporary art and photography at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island—the exhibition explores current struggles against racism and oppression and features works by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa.

Below are Dr. Wilson’s remarks on the exhibition:

We all recognize “I can’t breathe” as Eric Garner’s final desperate words, captured by his friend Ramsey Orta on a chilling cell phone video. This phrase joins others such as “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as a rallying cry and metaphor for a new twenty-first century civil rights movement. In this exhibition we also deploy these words metaphorically. The powerful and provocative works in photography and video by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Kara Walker and Emma Wolauku-Wanambwa suggest that racial and gendered embodiment intersect to produce social and psychological suffocation. But at the same time, vulnerability and bodily exposure can also be the source of agency and new meaning for artists and activists alike. The works presented in I can’t breathe point to long and complex histories of racism and oppression in order to open the way for different futures.

On view through May 14, I can’t breathe also includes an informational table of readings prepared by the library faculty as well as a photographic timeline showing the activist work by Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality (siaraPB).

photo: Nona Faustine, From her Body Came their Greatest Wealth, Site of Colonial Slave Market, Wall Street, 2013 (crop)


Tonight: Harriet Senie on “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Remembering Oklahoma City and Columbine”

This evening at 7 PM, Dr. Harriet F. Senie, who will give a lecture about her new book, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, focusing on chapters devoted to the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995) and the shooting at Columbine High School (April 20, 1999). Continue reading “Tonight: Harriet Senie on “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Remembering Oklahoma City and Columbine””