Tomorrow: Claire Bishop in Conversation with Joshua Decter at the Jewish Museum

In conjunction with Jewish Museum’s Unorthodox exhibition, curated by GC PhD candidate Daniel Palmer, Prof. Bishop and Decter will discuss the role and function of art in post-avant-garde times — particularly the notion of the historical avant-garde as challenging orthodoxies across disciplines, with those avant-garde heterodoxies eventually becoming orthodoxies in their own right.

Thursday, November 12
6:30 – 8 pm, 
Scheuer Auditorium ($15 General; $12 Students and Seniors; $10 Members)
See the museum website here for additional info. 

Tonight: Fabulated Archives–Carrie Lambert-Beatty in Conversation with Zoe Beloff & Katarina Burin

This evening at 6:30 PM, join Center of the Humanities and GC Art History for hosting Fabulated Archives, a discussion featuring art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty and artists Zoe Beloff and Katarina Burin on the fictional, the parafictional, and the seemingly fictitious but true in contemporary art. (Nov 10, 2015, 6:30 pm, Room C-198, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

In a world in which “truthiness” has entered the Oxford English Dictionary, how are artists responding to the newly malleable condition of fact? Art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty has categorized the recent strategies of contemporary artists to creatively play with the conventions of storytelling and history as the parafictional. Neither pure invention nor just the facts, today artists are employing archives and historical material to produce new stories in unprecedented ways to engender skepticism, doubt, and hope on the part of the viewer. Within such works, the notion of history and the belief in truth undergoes destabilization but not obliteration.

Student News: Daniel Palmer Co-Cuartes “Unorthodox” at the Jewish Museum

Daniel Palmer, a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center and the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum has co-organized Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring over 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions.

Curated by Palmer along with Jens Hoffmann, the museum’s Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Assistant Curator Kelly Taxter, the exhibition highlights the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Numerous works that examine social and political values, religion and humanism, trauma, and identity explore the relationship between the human figure and the modern creative process.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will host a conversation between GC professor Claire and artist Joshua Decter, Thursday, 11/12.

Tomorrow: Professor Anna C. Chave Speaking at Helen Frankenthaler Symposium


Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, is hosting a symposium exploring new perspectives on the work of artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). The event will take place at the Institute’s James B. Duke House (1 East 78th Street) on Friday afternoon, October 23, 2015, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

At 2:15, Professor Chave will speak on “Frankenthaler’s Fortunes,” and how social privilege may have affected her position—and self positioning—in the art world.

RSVP is required. Click here for a full schedule of the proceedings

Co-organized by Robert Slifkin, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History, NYU, in partnership with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, this afternoon program will feature presentations by five leading scholars of postwar modern art.

Eric de Chassey (DirectorAcadémie Française, Rome) will address Frankenthaler’s “Negotiations” between nature and abstraction and between process and gesture. Pepe Karmel will give a “Weather Report” on opticality and liquidity in the work of Frankenthaler and Gerhard Richter. Katy Siegel (Thaw Professor, Stony Brook University) will discuss “The heroine Paint,” and how decoration, feminism, and materiality have evolved in the years after Frankenthaler. Harry Cooper (Curator and Head of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) will serve as respondent.





Faculty News: Marta Gutman Awarded Urban History Association’s Kenneth Jackson Book Prize, to Speak at MoMA This Evening



Professor Marta Gutman’s A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 has been awarded the Urban History Association’s Kenneth Jackson Award for the best North American book in 2014. Her co-recipient is Nathan Connolly, who won for his book “Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida.”

In A City for Children, Marta Gutman focuses on the use and adaptive reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, California, to make the city a better place for children. She introduces us to the women who were determined to mitigate the burdens placed on working-class families by an indifferent industrial capitalist economy.

On Wednesday, October 21, Gutman will participate in the panel, Is This for Everyone? Design and the Common Good at MoMA from 6:00–7:30 p.m. This event will also be live-streamed online.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, the panel addresses case studies and theoretical applications in which design intersects with ideas of the common good. Panelists look to their own work to consider how this intersection arises across social, political, economic, and cultural platforms, as presented in the exhibition.

Gutman’s co-participants include Laura Kurgan, Director of Visual Studies, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University and Raphael Sperry, architect, green-building consultant, and president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. Paola Antonelli, senior curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, moderates.








End of Semester News Bulletin

Saisha Grayson

Congratulations to all our students for surviving the end of the semester! Suffice to say, it left many book-strewn apartments in its wake. As we look forward to next year, we’re excited to see more of our students receive prestigious dissertation fellowships for 2015-2016:

  • Andrianna Campbell will hold a Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for her dissertation project on Norman Lewis. She will take advantage of the Center’s wide-ranging holdings on Lewis, which include un-transcribed interviews, exhibition catalogues and photographs of the artist and his colleagues. More information on the Schomburg’s Archival Dissertation Fellowship Program can be found here.
  • Randall Edwards has received a Henry Luce Foundation / ACLS Dissertation Fellowship ​​in American Art for his dissertation “Dennis Oppenheim: Sites, 1967-75.” A synopsis of his project, which examines Oppenheim in relationship to Conceptual Art, can be read here. Luce / ACLS Fellowships are awarded to graduate students for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States.
  • Finally, Saisha Grayson will be a Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, working on her dissertation “Cellist, Catalyst, Collaborator: The Work of Charlotte Moorman, 1963–1980,” a section of which she recently presented at the annual The IFA – Frick Symposium. The American Art Museum grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

For previous coverage of upcoming student fellowships, click here.

Amy Brandt (1978-2015)

We are very saddened to learn that Amy Brandt, a recent alumna of the Art History Program, has passed away. She was a dear friend of many current and former students and will be greatly missed.

Below is an excerpt of a message by her family that can be read in its entirety here:

Amy attended the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelors’ Degree in Art History. At the age of 22 Amy left her home country to study art history and received a License in Art History from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. From Paris Amy traveled to Boston where she was awarded a Master of Arts from Tufts University. Amy received her PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. At the time of her death Amy was the McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Amy’s energy was boundless. Amy’s book Interplay: Neoconceptual Art of the 1980s was published in 2014. Amy’s book was met with unqualified praise. During the last months of her life Amy completed work on an exhibition Tsen-Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera and was also the author of the exhibition catalogue. The Tsen-Kwong Chi exhibit opened in New York in April and was acclaimed in the New York Times (Amy was elated). In her too short career Amy worked on many exhibitions in New York, Boston, Brooklyn, Norfolk and Monaco.

Amy’s body of work speaks to her passion and love of art. Beyond her love of art and scholarship was Amy Louise Brandt’s incredible Joie de Vivre. Amy was so filled with joy and love and was very generous in her abilities to share that joy and love. Her love of David and Emma was magnificent. Her love of her mother and larger family beautiful to behold. “Good night sweet Amy. And flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Amy’s family would like to thank the medical staff and entire Duke Hospital Community for all the love and support they provided Amy. The family would also like to offer a profound thank you to old and new friends who made Amy’s journey bearable. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Emma Arthur Scholarship Fund in c/o David Arthur.



Recent Faculty News: Emily Braun AAMC Award and More

Emily Braun

With the end of the semester approaching, we’d like to highlight a few recent faculty news items:

Yesterday, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) announced its annual Awards for Excellence in curatorial work, and we were thrilled to see the results: Along with Rebecca Rabinow, Emily Braun received Best Catalog / Publication produced by a museum with an annual operating budget over $20 million for Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vivien Greene, Senior Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, also received a first place award for her exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe.

In other news, Yale University Press recently released The Modern Architecture Symposia, 1962-1966: A Critical Edition, edited by Professor Emerita Rosemarie Haag Bletter and Joan Ockman. Bletter also published “Fragments of Utopia: Paul Scheerbart and Bruno Taut” in Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! – A Paul Scheerbart Reader (University of Chicago Press) 2014.

Finally, the Winter 2014 issue of Art Journal featuring Anna Chave’s article “Grave Matters: Positioning Carl Andre at Career’s End” is now available in print. We hope to see a PDF on Professor Chave’s website soon!

Tonight – Participatory Research and Political Art: California to New York

Participatory Research and Political Art

Tonight at 6:30 pm in the James Gallery, join Evan Bissell and Morris Justice Project members for a discussion of how they have used forms of participatory research and art in pursuit of social justice and political change in New York as well as California. Among the questions to be discussed are: do artists have particular skills and knowledge that can be useful to emancipatory struggles? How can visual strategies be educational, within and beyond the characterization of so-called ‘social practice’? And what are the benefits of using art as a methodological tool in gathering research? Audience members are encouraged to participate in this forum, which will take the form of an open conversation.

“Participatory Research and Political Art” is held in conjunction with the exhibition Left Coast: California Political Art, curated by PhD Student Nadiah Fellah. Make sure to visit before the show closes on May 29th!

Cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; PhD Program in Art History; Public Science Project, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Click here for more information.