New Feature: Alumnae/i Profiles

Alumnae/i Profiles

We’re happy to announce the addition of a new feature to the Art History Commons website: a list of alumnae/i profiles featuring links to relevant academic and museum positions. Accessible via the main menu,  the page provides current and prospective students insight into the exciting careers that many of our alumnae/i have pursued. More profiles will be added in the coming weeks, so be sure to check for updates!



Today: Alise Tifentale “Specters of Communism” Gallery Tour

Alise Tifentale

Next Tuesday March 3rd at 6:30 pm, join Alise Tifentale, PhD Student in Art History, in the James Gallery for a tour tracing the ‘specter’ of Communism in the works on view, while also engaging in a broader discussion of the complex legacy of Karl Marx’s original observations about nineteenth-century Manchester.

More information on the James Gallery’s current Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art exhibition can be found here. Reviews of the exhibition have appeared in Art in America, Hyperallergic, and The Calvert Journal.

CFP Deadline Extended: Shift Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Issue 8

Shift Graduate Journal

Co-edited by Art History PhD Students Andrianna Campbell and Jonathan Patkowski, Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture is currently soliciting articles and book/exhibition reviews for its upcoming 8th issue, which will be dedicated to questions of space, alterity and memory. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 31st, 2015. Full CFP details below!

Space, Alterity, Memory
In recent years, public protest movements such as Occupy and #BlackLivesMatter have demonstrated the ways in which political power, economic and ethnic identity, and cultural memory are closely linked to questions of space. The assembly of non-hierarchical oppositional communities in Zuccotti Park, the mass demonstrations across American cities countering police-enforced racial segregation, and the construction of precarious counter-monuments to the victims of state violence (such as the recently-destroyed memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.) exemplify how efforts to resist and commemorate are entangled with the unequally distributed access to public space in post-Civil Rights America.

Analogous issues are at the fore throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa where new forms of local belonging and transnational immigration have revealed systematic patterns of racism and exclusion. Increasingly, public displays of xenophobia rely on essentialist notions of place and identity, which threaten fragile multicultural agreements. What happened to the utopic future of progressive cultural inclusiveness envisioned in our popular culture? Is this turn part of a cyclical longer history? What are the markers of state power, familial legacies, capital, fear and an empowered populace that allow for resistance and how do they manifest in the public arena whether virtual or real?

This special issue of Shift takes a broad view of these recent developments by exploring the interrelationships of space, alterity/identity and memory in visual and material culture. We accept papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews from a range of visually-oriented disciplines that explore such issues as:
The status of the public monument or assembly
Ephemeral, archival and other non-monumental forms of public memorialization
The fate of established art historical categories such as site-specificity or monumentality
The figure of the migrant in visual culture/the relationship between art, migration and urban space
The contestation and occupation of public and private space
The architectural construction of race
The city versus the nation as art historical or museological framework

Submission Deadline
This journal is an online publication. All submissions should be sent by email to by 01 March 2015. The journal launch will take place 01 October 2015.

Submission and Style Guidelines
Please read the following points carefully before submitting to Shift. Submissions that do not follow these regulations will not be considered for publication.
Authors must be registered as graduate students at the time they submit their work.
All papers and reviews must conform to the style guidelines as outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition.
Images should be placed in-text throughout the document, not located together at the end. All images and figures should be properly captioned according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition. Authors are responsible for securing rights to all images and figures used within their paper. Authors must produce evidence that these rights have been obtained before an image or figure will be published.
In order to ensure blind readings from the Editorial Committee, authors must remove any identifying information from the content of the submission.
Please submit a separate document with the author’s name, title of paper/review, institutional affiliation and email address.

Shift is currently hosted at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Devin Fore Lecture

Devin Fore

Our thanks to everyone who has attended this month’s Visiting Lecturer Series! The series concludes this evening at 5pm with a talk by Devin Fore entitled “Before Documentary: Ornament and Knowledge in Soviet Factography.”

As was the case with previous talks, Fore’s lecture will only be open to students and faculty in the Art History Program, due to space constraints.

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!