Meredith Martin Lecture

Meredith Martin

Students and faculty are invited to attend a lecture this evening at 5:00 p.m. in room 3421 by Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University. The talk is entitled “History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau (June 27, 1861).” More information on Martin’s work can be found here.

Our visiting lecturer series continues next Tuesday with a talk by Devin Fore.



Anna Chave Receives Art Journal Award

Anna Chave

For those of you who weren’t able to attend last week’s CAA’s 2015 Annual Conference in person, we’re pleased to announce that Professor Anna Chave received the annual Art Journal award for her article “Grave Matters: Positioning Carl Andre at Career’s End,” which is forthcoming in the Winter 2014 issue.

The article is a written version of a talk that Professor Chave gave at Dia:Beacon earlier in the fall as part of Dia Art Foundation’s Carl Andre symposium. Looking forward to seeing it in print soon!



Eva Gratta Awarded NYHS Graduate Archival Research Fellowship

Eva Gratta

We’re proud to announce that PhD Candidate Eva Gratta has won an inaugural New-York Historical Society Graduate
Archival Research Fellowship!

The New-York Historical Society and the Graduate Center are jointly co-sponsoring these fellowships in order to provide qualified graduate students an opportunity to work on projects (related to the student’s own research agenda) that process, describe, and help create the historical record based on primary source materials. While the rich and diverse collections of the N-YHS span the 17th through the 20th centuries and embrace the national as well as the local, the New York Historical Society is offering CUNY Fellows projects in the following areas: 18th-19th century family libraries; the fine and decorative arts; travel literature; business and advertising ephemera; family papers and records; business organizations; and historic photographs from the mid-19th
century up to the present. Archival media include rare books, printed ephemera, digital collections, manuscripts and archives, and original iconographic materials.

Congratulations to Eva!

Today: Juliet Koss Lecture

Juliet Koss

Our Spring Visiting Lecturer Series continues this evening at 5pm in Room 3416 with a talk by Juliet Koss of Scripps College, entitled “Model Snapshots.” The talk will be followed by a reception in the lounge.

Please note that due to limited space, this event will only be open to students and faculty in the Art History Program!

Specters of Communism Symposium featuring Claire Bishop, Kate Fowle, and others

Specters of Communism
Feb 9, 2015, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Room C204/C205

This lively symposium accompanies Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art in the Graduate Center’s James Gallery. Curated by prominent philosopher, art critic, and media theorist Boris Groys, the exhibition explores the ways contemporary Russian artists have responded to the utopian vision of the October Revolution and Russian avant-garde art, while grappling with the violent realities of a post-Communist state. Artists Keti Chukhrov,Arseny Zhilyaev, and Dmitry Vilensky, in conversation with Groys, Kate Fowle of the Garage art space in Moscow, Graduate Center Art History Professor Claire Bishop, and James Gallery curator Katherine Carl, will discuss how they have dealt with the heritage of Communism in their work.

For more details, click here.

This symposium and the exhibition Specters of Communism is organized in collaboration with e-flux.

Cosponsored by Public Programs and the PhD Program in Theatre.

André Dombrowski Lecture


We’re excited to begin our Spring Visiting Lecturer Series this evening at 5pm in Room 3416 with a talk by André Dombrowski of University of Pennsylvania entitled “Instantaneity Delayed: Monet and Reaction Time.”

Please note that due to limited space, the lecture will only be open to students and faculty in the Art History Program!



New Faculty Publications: Romy Golan in October, Siona Wilson in Brooklyn Rail

Romy Golan

We’re happy to see that Professor Romy Golan in October‘s newly-released special issue on artist-designed exhibitions. Entitled Vitalità del negativo/Negativo della vitalità, Golan’s article examines a 1970-71 exhibition that revived an ideologically loaded site in Rome under the mantle of contemporary art. Admittedly, the whole issue looks fantastic, so we encourage anyone interested in the field of exhibition history to peruse!

On a related note, Professor Golan will be participating in the upcoming conference “The State of Postwar Italian Art History Today,” with the talk “Switchbacks in Italian Art of the 1960s.” The conference will be held at Italian Modern Art center in New York on February 9 – 10, 2015. Click here for the full schedule and to register!

Also, Professor Siona Wilson recently contributed to the Brooklyn Rail’s ongoing Held Essays on Visual Art Series with “Troubled Sleep, Sugar High,” an article that considers Kara Walker’s recent installation at Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory in relation to questions of labor and digital image economies.

Friday, January 30th: CAA @ GC 2015


Students participating in this year’s CAA conference will present their papers to colleagues this Friday, January 30th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in room 3421.

Andrew Cappetta
Reconstructing Douglas Huebler”
1:00 – 1:20 pm
Session: Preserving the Artistic Legacies of the 1960s and 1970s

Michelle Fisher, Karen Shelby
“Building Community/Valuing Pedagogy: Art History Teaching Resources”
1:30 – 1:50 pm

Francesco Guzzetti                     
“Mapping a Discovery: Medardo Rosso and the United States since 1963”
2:00 – 2:20 pm                           
Session: Rosso reconsidered

Amanda Wasielewski
“Lurking Within Reach: Stereoscopic Photomicrography in the 1860s”
2:30 – 2:50 pm
Session: Science is Measurement: Nineteenth-Century Science, Art and Visual Culture, Part II

Spring 2015 Visiting Lecturer Series

Visiting Lecturer Series

Below is the schedule for our upcoming Spring 2015 Visiting Lecturer Series, which is also listed on our events calendar.

Please note that due to limited space, the lectures are only open to students and faculty in the Art History Program!

André Dombrowski, University of Pennsylvania
Friday, February 6, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Room 3416

Juliet Koss, Scripps College
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Room 3416

Meredith Martin, New York University
Friday, February 20, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Room 3416

Devin Fore, Princeton University
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Room 3416


Emily Braun to Curate Alberto Burri Exhibition at the Guggenheim

We’re excited to see that Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, will curate an exhibition on the work of Italian artist Alberto Burri at the Guggenheim this coming fall (October 9, 2015 – January 6, 2016). The exhibition highlights Burri’s process-based works, and positions the artist as a central figure in the field of post–World War II art. Beyond his Sacchi (sacks), which are well-known to American audiences, the exhibition will feature other series including his  Catrami (tars), Muffe (molds) and Combustioni plastiche (plastic combustions).

More information on the exhibition can be found on the Guggenheim website and via the New York Times.