Zachary Fine (Gallatin ’15) awarded a 2016 Rhodes Scholarship

24 Nov



Hearty congratulations to Zachary Fine, who has been selected as a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.

Rhodes Scholarships support two or three years of study at the University of Oxford. Zachary, who graduated from Gallatin this spring with concentrations in art history and philosophy, will pursue an M.St. in the History of Art and Visual Culture and an M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice while at Oxford.

In addition to his other interests and accomplishments, Zachary is a past contributor to and editor of Ink and Image, the undergraduate research journal of the Department of Art History and Program for Urban Design and Architecture Studies. Zachary’s essay, “Lucia Freud’s Naked Girl with Egg: A Meditation on Temporality,” appeared in Ink and Image 5 (2013). Zachary served as co-editor of Ink and Image 6 (2014) and senior editor of the most recent, seventh issue of the journal, published this past spring.



Ritchie Markoe Scribner ’75 Lecture by Stephen Houston on Thursday, December 10

23 Nov


Professor Kathryn A. Smith elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London

23 Nov


Department of Art History professor Kathryn A. Smith has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London .

Founded in 1707, formally constituted in 1718, and granted a royal charter by King George II in 1751, the Society of Antiquaries of London is the oldest independent learned society concerned solely with the study of the past. Its stated mission is “the encouragement, advancement, and furtherance of the antiquities and history” of Britain and other countries. Fellowship in the Society, earned through a selective election procedure, recognizes significant achievement in the fields of archeology, art and architectural history, antiquities, material culture studies, museology, history, archival research, and preservation and cultural heritage. Fellows are drawn from the United Kingdom, Europe, and worldwide.

Professor Smith is the author of Art, Identity, and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England (2003) (short-listed for the Historians of British Art Book Prize, pre-1800 category), The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Self in Late Medieval England (2012), and numerous articles, essays, reviews, and catalog entries on early Christian and medieval art, especially English art and illuminated manuscripts. She co-edited Studies in Manuscript Illumination: Tributes to Lucy Freeman Sandler (2007) and The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, and Communities in the Late Middle Ages (2013). She is Series Editor of Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (Brepols Publishers), a co-editor of the journal Studies in Iconography (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University / Medieval Institute Publications), and a member of the Standing Editorial Board for Oxford Bibliographies Online for Medieval Studies.

Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), National Endowment for the Humanities, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has taught in the Department of Art History since 1998 and is a two-time recipient of the College of Arts & Science’s Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She served as Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2002-2005 and Chair of the department from 2010-2013. In 2014, she was named to The Art Career Project’s list of 15 Notable Art Professors in New York City

(see our September 24th, 2014 blogpost).



Fine Arts Society!

19 Nov


Hey Everyone,
FAS is planning a trip to the Steve McCurry show that just opened this week at the Rubin Museum of Art! We are meeting at the museum this Sunday the 22nd at12pm. Admission to the museum is free with your NYU ID. We’re excited for the show, featuring inspiring photographs of India, and the Rubin’s newly renovated Tibetan Buddhist Shrine room! Feel free to email us with any questions and we hope to see you this weekend!

There are also a ton of shows opening today in Chelsea. With the relatively nice weather, it would be a great evening for a gallery crawl. Here are some of our favorites opening today:
*Ethan Cohen Fine Arts “Flaunt: Africa New Wave”
*Flowers “Small is Beautiful”
*Kim Foster Gallery “Dan Hernandez”
…and a lot more!

URDS student, Thomas Sheridan, wins Rudin Internship Scholarship

16 Nov


Thomas Sheridan, a senior in CAS with a double major in Environmental Studies and Urban Design & Architecture Studies, (and a minor in Psychology) was awarded the College of Arts and Science Rudin Internship Scholarship.

The May and Samuel Rudin Memorial Internship Scholarship is a stipend of up to $1,000. It is intended partially to free students from outside job commitments for the semester in which they are registered for a CAS internship. The winner is chosen based on academic merit and the merit of the proposed internship. Letters of recommendation are required from the applicants’ internship and faculty supervisors and the internships must contain substantive academic content through some combination of journals, regular meetings with the sponsoring professor, reading assignments, and full-length term papers.

Thomas provided the following information about himself:

I’m originally from Rockland County (about 35 minutes outside of NYC). I’m the youngest of eight kids raised by a single mom. I currently live in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with my two good friends from NYU. I love environmental science, going for bike rides, dancing to all different music, going to concerts, meeting new people and traveling.

I studied abroad my junior year in Berlin, Germany to learn more about how Germany and Europe approach green spaces in cities. I want to work towards creating sustainable environments in cities. But ultimately, I just want to perform work that I enjoy and improve individual’s lives and people’s relationship to the earth. I’m really just a big kid at heart that tries to enjoy everyday and promote good in the world.

I have most recently been interning with The Lowline, a nonprofit working towards the development of the world’s first underground park. They plan to use new technology to irrigate sunlight below ground in an old abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Alumni News, Fall 2015

12 Nov

Dear Alumni,

The response to our call for alumni news was tremendous! Thank you for getting in touch, and hearty congratulations on all of your achievements, milestones, and activities.  We hope to hear from more of you for our next Alumni News round-up, which we’ll post sometime in Spring 2016.  Thanks also go to Department of Art History faculty Carol Krinsky, Mosette Broderick, and Jon Ritter for contributing to this post.

Please continue to send your news, links, photos, videos, podcasts, and corrections to Professor Kathryn Smith ( with a copy to our Administrator Peggy Coon (  Thank you again, and best wishes for happiness, fulfillment, and success to all!

Shelley Karen Perlove (B.A. Fine Arts, Washington Square College, ’68) received her M.A. in Museology in 1978 from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in History of Art in 1983 from the University of Michigan, where she taught at the Dearborn branch until her official retirement. She nevertheless continues to teach, now at the Ann Arbor campus, and has published and edited several volumes, especially on Dutch seventeenth-century art but also on baroque art in other countries. She has written many books, catalogues, and articles, including most recently The Ferocious Dragon and the Docile Elephant: the Unleashing of Sin in Rembrandt’s Garden of Eden,” published in Religion, the Supernatural and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe (Brepols, 2015), The Glory of the Last House” (Haggai 2:9): Rembrandt and the Prophets Malachi and Haggai,” which appeared in Imago Exegetica: Visual Images as Exegetical Instruments, 1400-1600 (Brill, 2014), and Pursuit of Faith: Etchings by Rembrandt in the Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art (University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2010); other publications include Renaissance, Reform, Reflections in the Age of Dürer, Bruegel, and Rembrandt (1994) and Piranesi’s Views of Rome (1986). She has won numerous honors and awards over the years as well. Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age (Penn State University Press, 2009), co-authored with Larry Silver, received the Bainton Book Prize and the Brown-Weiss Newberry Library Humanities Book and was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award for most Outstanding Book of 2009 from the College Art Association; while Bernini and the Idealization of Death: Study of the Ludovica Albertoni and the Altieri Chapel (Penn State University Press, 1990) was a finalist for the 1990 Gustav Arlt Humanities book award. (This post contributed by Professor Krinsky.)

Nancy Ruddy (B.A. Fine Arts, Washington Square College, ’70s) earned her architecture degree at City College (now the Bernard Spitzer School of Architecture), and with her husband, John Cetra, has formed a successful firm, Cetra Ruddy, which does interior design and architecture. Recent buildings that have attracted favorable attention include One Madison Park and the Lincoln Square Synagogue.  Ruddy and Cetra were inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame earlier this year. (This post contributed by Professor Krinsky.)

David Penny (B.A. Fine Arts, Washington Square College, ’78), Associate Director for Museum Scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., moderated a panel at the museum on “Seizing the Sky: Redfining American Art” (See our November 5th blogpost).

Adela Oppenheim’s (B.A. Fine Arts ’86; M.A. University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts ’08) exhibition, “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom,” co-curated with Dieter Arnold, Dorothea Arnold and Kei Yamamoto of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, opened at the museum on October 12th, 2015. It earned a wonderful review from Holland Cotter in The New York Times. Department of Art History students and faculty enjoyed an engaging, informative special lecture by Dr. Oppenheim on the exhibition on October 28th: thanks go to Professor Ann Macy Roth for arranging the talk. Dr. Oppenheim’s former professors Kenneth Silver and Carol Krinsky were delighted to have the opportunity to reconnect with Dr. Oppenheim, their former student, during her visit to the department. (This post contributed by Professor Smith).

Edith Taichman (B.A. Fine Arts ’99) recently left Peter Marino Architect in New York after a five-year stint as Director of Communications there. Edith reports, “I am moving on to a new position as Vice President of Global Communications at Oscar de la Renta, taking up the new position this November.”

Tarek Ibrahim (B.A. Fine Arts ’00) is completing his M.A. degree at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he expects to continue for his Ph.D.  He holds an architecture degree from Parsons but left architectural practice (with an outstanding firm) during a business downturn, and is earning a better living as a tourist guide. Anyone visiting Berlin would be wise to have him guide you, since he knows much more about art, architecture, and the city than any normal tourist guide does. (This post contributed by Professor Krinsky.)

Gabriel Wick (Gallatin; B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’00), who has been living in Paris and teaching there while doing his Ph.D. work in landscape history, presented a paper at the April 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. People who were present, and not just his former professors, described the talk as “brilliant” and “excellent.” He is the author of Un Paysage des Lumieres: Un Jardin Anglais du Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, which may soon be available in English. Professor Krinsky had the pleasure of a long conversation with him during the Society of Architectural Historians convention. (This post contributed by Professor Krinsky).

Ryann Pointon Imperioli (B.A. Fine Arts ’03) and Chris Imperioli welcomed their daughter Sadie Jane on August 4!

Lydia Mattice Brandt (B.A. Art History ’04; Ph.D. Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia) participated in the 64th year of the Attingham Summer School run by the Attingham Trust for the study of country houses. For three weeks, Lydia and her compatriot curators, architects, and historians traipsed around England examining some of the finest examples of the country house and their collections. Lydia’s experiences will feed the courses she teaches in early American art and architecture at the University of South Carolina and her research on the history of historic preservation in the U.S.Lydia Brandt enjoying the gardens at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire, UK

Will Robinette (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’04) earned his Master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. He is now working in Manhattan as an architect with Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects, a firm with a varied practice in new and historic buildings.

Betsy Williams (B.A. Fine Arts / Romance Languages ‘04; M.A., Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts ‘15) recently finished her Ph.D. under the supervision of Profs. Thelma Thomas and Barry Flood with a dissertation on precious metal jewelry from the early Byzantine and early Islamic eastern Mediterranean. For the past three years, Betsy has worked in the Museum Department at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., where she coordinates efforts to catalogue its collection of late antique and medieval textiles. This past March, she co-organized a conference at Dumbarton Oaks around the theme of furnishing textiles and interior décor; proceedings are expected to appear as a born-digital publication in late 2017. Betsy also teaches courses on late antique, Byzantine, and Islamic art and architecture in the art history department at the George Washington University. Last term she taught a MA seminar on the art of Christian communities of the Middle East, a topic of increasing urgency given the threats facing monuments and communities in the region.

Betsy stays connected to New York, and is frequently visiting family, friends, and colleagues there. She is on the advisory committee for the upcoming 2016 exhibition at the Met, Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, and wrote an essay and several entries for the exhibition catalogue. She was recently elected to the governing board of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) during the most recent Byzantine Studies Conference in New York, where she was happy to spend time with many NYU colleagues, fellow alums, and former students. Betsy and her husband Marek Dospel, got married last summer in Prague, with many old friends from NYU in attendance. Betsy and Marek met when he was a visiting Fulbright student at ISAW, and he also recently finished his Ph.D. in Egyptology at Charles University.

Rebecca Willis (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’10) began her studies in the Tufts Post-Baccalaureate Medical Program this September.

Joseph Audeh (B. A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’11) began working toward his M.Sc. in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT this September.

Kirsten Burrows (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’11) is Senior Analyst, Climate Change Secretariat at Taking Action on Climate Change (Yukon Government Climate Change Secretariat, Whitehorse, Yukon).

Samantha Irvine (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’11) reports, “I’ve landed an amazing job with the heritage planning team at ERA Architects in Toronto, an architecture firm that specializes in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Another NYU Historical and Sustainable Architecture success story!”

Nicole Paynter (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’11) began the M.A. Program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture this September.

Amanda Gruen (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’12) studied historic preservation at Pratt and is currently working at the non-profit Landmark West!, which is committed to preserving the historic character and architecture of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

James Newhouse (B.A. Art History, B.S. Chemistry ’12) celebrated his three-year anniversary working at BASF, the world’s largest chemical company. Currently, he is working to improve workplace equality at his Tarrytown, NY office by organizing and launching a chapter of the company’s LGBT employee resource group. The group focuses on engaging employees through education, outreach, and networking to increase awareness of the challenges faced by the LGBT community in the workplace.

 Robert Rock (B.A. Art History ’12) created Making the Invisible Visible, a guided art tour intended for health professions students. As Robert reports, “The tour aims to study the expression of bias in western culture in an effort to help future health care providers recognize and begin to work toward correcting the assumptions inherent to society. It uses the art gallery as a safe space and the interpretation of selected works as a means to examine the stereotypes embedded in western society as they relate to race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.  With the power dynamic between patient and provider shifted so heavily in favor of the later, the presence and unconscious expression of such biases in high stakes interactions can have dramatic results that seriously influence the equitable delivery of health care.”

Robert created the tour as a second-year medical student at Yale with the assistance of Yale University faculty in an effort to begin this difficult conversation among students. The Yale School of Medicine has incorporated the session into their curriculum. Through a collaboration with the Yale University Art Gallery, all 104 first year students participated in the tour this past August.  See the album from Yale School of Medicine Facebook page.

Congratulations to Richard Sanchez (B.A. Art History ’12) on his recent curatorial project, Queer WAH: Contemporary LGBTQ Artists, presented by the WAH Center (Williamsburg Art and Historical Center). As Richard writes, “LGBTQ rights have progressed monumentally in the past few years, culminating with the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide this past June. We looked to the artistic responses to and celebrations of these progressive moments in our history… Here, the work of an exciting group of artists that inhabit all areas of the queer spectrum, whether they identify as gay/lesbian, transgender, intersex, or non-normative, were on display in an exhibition aimed at examining and celebrating the contributions of queer artists to the contemporary art landscape.” Queer WAH was on view through Sunday, November 1st.  The show was recently reviewed by both Bowery + Bedford and Next Magazine, as well as by the in-house staff writer for the WAH Center’s Blog.

Zak al-Haffar (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’13) was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s M.Arch. program beginning this fall.

 Rachel High (B.A. Art History ’13) works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Publishing and Marketing Assistant in the Editorial Department. She is editor of the MetPublications website, which features more than five decades of Met publications available to read, download, and/or search for free found here. As part of her responsibilities, she also blogs for Now at the Met  and creates book trailers for some of the Met’s major catalogues, examples of which can be found at the here, here and here.

Ariane Prache (B. A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’13) began her studies in Columbia Unviersity’s M. Arch. program this September.

Alexandra Thomopoulos (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’13) entered the M.Arch program at the University of Southern California this September.

James Walsh (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’13), who is currently working toward a Certificate in Building Management in NYU’s SCPS, entered NYU’s M.A. program in World History this fall.

 Yifu Zhu (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’13) began working toward an M.Sc. in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics this fall.

 Alessandro Bello (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14; M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’15) recently accepted a position at AECOM, a global provider of architecture, design, engineering, and construction services for both public and private clients.

Evelyn Cheng (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) began her studies toward an M.A. in Management at the London School of Economics this fall.

Michael Hall (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’14) began his studies in the Ph.D. program in Architectural History at the University of Kent, Canterbury, this fall.

Megan Hari-Sandver (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’14) earned the 2014 Euston Memorial Arch Award for the best Capstone Thesis.

Hyunkyung Lee (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) began working toward her Certificate at the Kyujanggak Institute, Seoul National University, South Korea, this fall.

Nancy Xintong Nie (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’14) began working toward her M.A. in Real Estate Development in Columbia’s GSAP Program this fall.

Arenae A. Sarkisian (B.A. Art History ’14) worked as a Marketing Analyst for a year at a Lead Generation Marketing Agency for All-For-Profit Schools called Edufficient LLC. Recently, she took a position as Senior Administrative Assistant at Christie’s Auction House in the Old Masters Department.

Wilson Tarbox (B.A. Art History ‘14) has been admitted to the Masters program in Comparative Literature at La Nouvelle Sorbonne Paris III. He is preparing a thesis that will compare the art critical output present in the writing Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz and Martiniquan poet and novelist Édouard Glissant. Wilson also recently published a review of artist Mary Mattingly’s installation “Wading Bridge” in the online magazine Hyperallergic.

Veronica Watson (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) began her studies in Columbia University’s M. Arch. program this September.

David Bransfield’s (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15; B.F.A. Steinhardt) show, Feels Like Home, was featured at 80WSE Gallery’s satellite space from August 23rd – October 18th, 2015 (see our September 21st blogpost).

Ellis Edwards (B.A. Art History ’15) began her Masters in Art History and Archaeology at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she is focusing on modern and contemporary art.  When she isn’t studying, she is an intern at Kim Heirston Art Advisory uptown, where she is learning the trade of advising, consulting, and dealing in the fast-paced contemporary art world.  Ellis was also selected as a curator for the IFA Curatorial Collaborative, which curates exhibitions for honors seniors in the NYU Steinhart studio art program.  Her show will be at 80WSE sometime during the spring semester.

Siena Falino (M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture ’15) earned the 2015 Euston Memorial Arch Award for the best Capstone Thesis.

Rachel Hong (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) entered Emory Law School this fall, where she is working toward her J.D.

Seoyoung Lee (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) entered the M. Arch. program at Pratt this fall.



Christopher Wood Tonight!

11 Nov



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