Molly Rockhold (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded the Albert S. Borgman Prize for Best Honors Thesis in Humanities

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Molly’s thesis, written for both the Urban Design program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is titled “The ‘Proceso’s‘ Public: How Argentina’s Last Military Dictatorship Shaped the Urban and Social Landscapes of Buenos Aires through Public Space.” Professor Jon Ritter co-supervised the thesis for the Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies.

Molly describes herself and her project:

Molly graduated this spring with a double major in Architecture and Urban Design Studies and Spanish. With a cross of cultures commonly said to be as curious as this combination of majors, she boasts both an Idahoan background as well as a strong, maternal platense (to differentiate from the commonly confused “porteño,” from Buenos Aires), Argentine influence from the city of La Plata. She made a swift escape to New York in 2013 and Buenos Aires in 2014 to study, eat and in search of replacing the great Rocky Mountains with skyscrapers, rickety infrastructure and, most importantly, empanadas, fernet and ramen.

This project began as an attempt to discover the relatively unexplored urban impacts of Argentina’s last and most gruesome dictatorship, searching to better understand daily life throughout these years and how the dictators attempted to create and manipulate their ideal society and political image. Inspired by both close friends and family who lived through the “Dirty War,” the 30,000 individuals who were disappeared and many others who were imprisoned and persecuted, it is the author’s hope that this study better introduces these topics to the English-speaking world and beyond.
Molly is honored to accept both the Borgman Thesis Prize for the Humanities and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese’s Award for Distinction in Honors Thesis. “The Proceso’s Public” would not have come to fruition without those that surrounded her during her upbringing and drew the inspiration to begin to dig deeper into history, human rights and the built environment. Furthermore, this project could not have been properly completed without the instrumental support and assistance from a number of inspiring advisors, namely Jon Ritter and Gabriel Giorgi, professors, a close network of family and friends and the many witnesses, experts, researchers, architects and friends who stepped forward to answer a vast array of questions, tell their stories and share their experiences.”

Student News, 2016-17

18 May

Thank you to everyone who sent in news for our end-of-year round-up. Hearty congratulations to all of our Art History and Urban Design and Architecture Studies majors and candidates for the Masters degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture. Kudos to you for your hard work and many achievements this academic year, and best wishes for a productive and restorative summer!  To supplement or correct the information presented here, please contact Professor Kathryn Smith (kathryn.smith@nyu.edu) with a copy to Peggy Coon (peggy@nyu.edu).

Bell Bencharongkul (Art History ’17) is a co-recipient of the Department of Art History’s Douglas F. Maxwell Award for excellence in the study of art history.

Amanda Betancourt (Art History ’18) received a Faculty Choice book award from the Department of Art History.

Ariel Bi (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ‘17) will begin the Masters in Landscape Architecture program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design this fall.

Kevin Boria (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the Department of Art History’s M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture this fall.

Alice Centamore (Art History ’18) was a co-recipient of the H. W. Janson scholarship, presented to a junior by the Department of Art History for excellence in the study of the history of art.

Selina Cheah (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’18) was awarded a DURF grant this year.

Savannah Fitzgerald-Brown (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’18) was awarded DURF grant. She also was named the 2017 Drs. Aaron A. and Francine M. Stein Family Research Scholar.

Maria Freeh (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’19) received the Evelyn Jablow Lilienthal, ’64 Heights Arts and Science Award, presented to an especially accomplished junior in the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program.

Anastasia Garrel (Art History ’18) was a co-recipient of the H. W. Janson Scholarship, presented to a junior by the Department of Art History for excellence in the study of the history of art.

James Hayes (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded a DURF grant this year.

Jerry He (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin Princeton’s M.Arch program this fall.

Emma Holter (Art History ’17) sent this news: “For the past year, I have been working as a curatorial intern for the Chief Curator and the Permanent Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art. I have been doing bibliographic research for the upcoming Laura Owens retrospective and the accompanying catalogue, as well as helping organize the permanent collection exhibition ‘Where We Are’. And, this summer I will be a curatorial intern at the Morgan Library in the Modern & Contemporary Drawings Department.” Emma served as co-president of the Fine Arts Society and is a co-recipient of the Eileen Guggenheim Award for scholarly accomplishment in the fine arts from the Department of Art History.

Jiyoung Jo (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the M.Phil. in Planning, Growth and Regeneration at the University of Cambridge this fall.

Kailin Jones (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Michele Matteini this year. She will begin the M.Arch. program at MIT this fall.

Alexander Kario (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded two DURF grants this year.

Tilemahos Koutsegeorgas (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded a DURF grant this year.

 Noelle (Elle) H. Kruse (Urban Design & Architecture Studies; Studio Art / Environmental Studies minor ’18) will go on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Fiji this July. The trip will be a two-week immersion in the villages and towns in which she and her group will be building homes. Elle writes, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn practical architectural skills, as well as to explore a new part of the world.”

Yinan Li (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the Masters in Urban Planning program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design this fall.

Germaine Low (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the M.Arch. program at the University of Denver this fall.

Feiran Lu (Art History ’19) has been an intern since last fall at Fou Gallery in Brooklyn, where she is PR & Communication assistant. “I have been working on social media as well as archive work for the gallery. I have also been helping to curate shows and organize events, including opening and closing receptions,” reports Feiran.

Naomi Lubash (Art History ’17) is a co-recipient of the Eileen Guggenheim Award for scholarly accomplishment in the fine arts from the Department of Art History.

Sarah Mackay (Art History ’17) wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Dennis Geronimus.

Sarah Myers (Art History ’17) writes, “This year I traveled to Berlin on a DURF grant to conduct research at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf for my honors thesis. I was awarded the 2016 Barnet and Phyllis Liberman Research Scholar Award for my grant proposal and research. ” Sarah participated in the Undergraduate Research Conference and graduated as a Presidential Scholar.  She wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Shelley Rice. She was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Beta chapter of New York and received a Faculty Choice Award from the Department of Art History.  Sarah will attend the Institute of Fine Arts next fall to study Contemporary Art and Photography with Robert Slifkin.

Along with the Fine Arts Society, Sarah planned the recent two-part symposium, Intersectionality and Social Responsibility: Approaching a Globalized Art World, held in the department earlier this month.

Juan Migone (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’18) was awarded a DURF grant this year.

Taylor Nemetz (Art History ’17) received the Jane Costello Memorial Award for excellence in the study of art history from the Department of Art History.

Matt Ninivaggi (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) received a Faculty Choice book award from the Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies. He will begin the M.Arch program at Columbia University’s GSAPP this fall.

Xiaoli (Shirley) Pan (Art History ’17) is a co-recipient of the Department of Art History’s Douglas F. Maxwell Award for excellence in the study of art history. She wrote an honors thesis titled ” Medieval Pietàs, 1340-1480: From Compassion to Remission” under the supervision of Professor Kathryn A. Smith. Her presentation on her thesis at this year’s DURF conference was an Undergraduate Research Conference winner.

Summer Perlow (Art History ’17) received a Faculty Choice book award from the Department of Art History.

Zoe Priest (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded a DURF grant this year. She wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Jon Ritter.

Molly Rockhold (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded two DURF grants as well as the Albert S. Borgman Prize for Best Honors Thesis in Humanities.  Her thesis, written for both the Urban Design program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is titled “The ‘Proceso’s‘ Public: How Argentina’s Last Military Dictatorship Shaped the Urban and Social Landscapes of Buenos Aires through Public Space.” Professor Jon Ritter co-supervised the thesis for the Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies.

Isabella Schumann (Art History ’17) wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Edward Sullivan. She received a Faculty Choice book award from the Department of Art History.

Alex Seneca (Art History ’17) received a Faculty Choice book award from the Department of Art History.

 Paula Sevilla (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the Masters of Urban Planning program at NYU’s Wagner School this fall.

Anna Siftar (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the Department of Art History’s M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture this fall.

Sarah Silverstein (Art History ’17) received a Faculty Choice book award from the Department of Art History.

Jonathan Soto (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the Department of Art History’s Masters program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture this fall.

Danielle Stiefel (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the M.Arch. program at UCLA this fall.

Xingxin Tanfor (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) received a Faculty Choice book award from the Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies.

Tiffany Tang (Art History minor ’17) will do an internship in the Department of Conservation at MoMA as part of the museum’s Summer 2017 Internship Program.

Emma Thomas (Art History ’17) wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Miriam Basilio.

Christina Tucker (Art History ’17) has been admitted to Tisch’s Cinema Studies M.A. Program.

Cydney Williams (Art History ’17) will begin the M.A. program in art history at Columbia University in the fall.

The following students in the class of 2017 of our Masters program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture received GSAS King’s Cross Tuition Scholarships:

Monica Bacon; Graciela Braganza; Ryan Cameron; Anabelle Chafin; Polyn Gonzalez; Caitlin Greeley; Megan Maestas; Kelly Marker; Maurice Robb; Jasber Singh.

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAN PENNY SERVICE PERFORMANCE WITH MIKE SMITH & LIZZIE WRIGHT

18 May

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Clean Penny Service is pleased to announce that we will be performing at Rawson Projects on Thursday, May 18th from 6–8 PM. Visitors are asked to bring a dirty penny to the gallery to be cleaned, free of charge.

Clean Penny service (CPS) is a performance duo of Lizzie Wright and Mike Smith. Established in 2009, our mission is to clean a dirty penny for each passerby, using “natural” methods whenever possible, free of charge. The aim of CPS’s portable laboratory is to provide quick and efficient “while you wait service,” returning even the dirtiest of pennies in minutes. Clean Penny Service has cleaned over 500 pennies- worldwide! CPS has performed at a variety of venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Museum 52, St. Cecilia’s Convent, and the NADA County Art Fair.

Mike Peter Smith grew up in Salt Lake City, UT.  He received a BFA with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 1997, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. In 2013 Mr. Smith became an Associate researcher at the American Museum of Natural History in the Division of Anthropology.  He has exhibited with Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago; and Ambrosino Gallery, Miami.  His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum, NY; Ronald Feldman Gallery, NY; Flux Factory, LIC; Wayfarers, Brooklyn; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia.  He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Lizzie Wright was born in Louisiana, and lives and works in New York. She has exhibited with Essex Flowers, NY; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Rawson Projects, NY; Regina Rex, NY; Brooklyn; Museum 52, NY; Artist Curated Projects and Three Days Awake, Los Angeles; Adds Donna, Chicago; Katzen American University, Washington, D.C. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University.

For inquiries please contact the gallery at info@rawsonprojects.com or call 212 256 0379

“Ink and Image” 9 has been published!

16 May
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Omer Ben-Zvi
2017
December 15, 1944, 1 am, Kazuko Fujii, Item left behind
Plexiglass and ink on MDF
© 2017 Omer Ben-Zvi

Ink and Image, New York University’s journal of undergraduate research in the history of art, architecture, and urban design, published its ninth issue this month. The articles published in each issue of Ink and Image develop out of term papers and other research conducted by students in advanced Art History and Urban Design & Architecture Studies courses, independent studies, and senior honors theses.

The journal’s editors for the 2016-17 academic year are Editor-in-Chief Grace Lubin (Art History/Politics ’18), and Co-Editors Sabrina Santos (Urban Design & Architecture Studies/Environmental Studies ’18) and Sarah Evers (Art History; Urban Design & Architecture Studies/History minor ’17). As in so many years past, Professor Carol Krinsky provided guidance and assistance as the journal’s faculty advisor and editor.

Omer Ben-Zvi (M.F.A. Studio Art, Steinhardt ’18) designed the striking cover.

Four articles, all by current NYU undergraduates or departmental alumni, appear in the ninth issue. The authors and their essays are as follows:

Anqi Xu (Art History/Comparative Literature ’16), “Landscapes as Cross-dressing: An Analysis of Lin Xue’s Paintings.”

Mary-Brett O’Bryan (Art History; German/Comparative Literature minor ’17), “The Modern Nude: Pubic Hair as Indicator.”

Mathilde A. van Tulder (Urban Design & Architecture Studies/Contemporary Culture and Creative Production, GLS ’18), “Preservation of Cultural Heritage Beyond War: A Case-Study of Palmyra, Syria.”

Rachel A. Lim (Art History; Web Application Programming minor ’18), “Video Games in 2004 and the 2014 Biennial.”

Ink and Image was founded in 2008-09 by department alumni Malcolm St. Clair (Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’09) and Alexis Wang (Art History ’09) with the goal of expanding the community of scholars at NYU by publishing original undergraduate research in the history and theory of art and architecture. Former College of Arts & Science Dean Matthew Santirocco and Dean Sally Sanderlin provided crucial support toward the launch of Ink and Image, which continues to benefit from the support of the CAS dean and administration and the Department of Art History. You may read about previous issues of the journal in our earlier posts.

Ink and Image is distributed to the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Getty Research Institute, as well as Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and Technical University in Dresden, Germany.

Hearty congratulations to the authors and editors on their splendid achievements. Please stop by the Department of Art History and pick up a copy of Ink and Image 9.

 

 

The Fine Arts Society: Ring Out the Old Board, Ring in the New!

15 May

The sad news: we must bid farewell to this year’s simply stellar Fine Arts Society executive board — Co-Presidents Emma Holter and Austin Bowes, Treasurer Chantal Chan, Secretary Grace Lubin, Marketing Chair Shoshana Edelman, and E-Board members Summer Perlow, Julia Oxman, and Emiliya Trakhtenberg. Thank you all for your remarkable work, which helped to make this year a truly spectacular one for the Department of Art History’s CAS student club. And congratulations and best wishes to all of the executive board members who are graduating this year. We will miss you, and we hope that you will keep in touch.

The good news: it is a pleasure to introduce the Fine Arts Society’s executive board for the 2017-18 academic year:

Co-Presidents:  Shoshana Edelman (French/Art History ’18) and Sophia Do (Art History/French ’18)

Secretary:  Eduardo Sotomayor (Art History ’19)

Treasurer:  Alice Sebban (Art History ’19)

PR/Marketing Chair:  Chantal Chan (Art History/French ’19)

Executive Board Members:  Victoria Bik (Gallatin, concentrating in English Literature/Art History/Music History ’19), Austin Bowes (Art History; Gender & Sexuality Studies minor ’18), Tony Cui (Art History ’19), Julia Drayson (Art History; Public Policy minor ’18), and Lily Sadeghi-Nejad (Urban Design & Architecture Studies; Business Management minor ’19)

It is great to see that the board will have a mix of energetic returning members and equally energetic new ones. Many thanks to all of you for your willingness to serve on the board of the Department of Art History’s CAS student club.

 

 

 

Geoff Tortora is Awarded a Violet!

8 May

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Join us in congratulating our outstanding Administrative Aide, Geoffrey Tortora. Geoff was awarded a Violet  at a luncheon at the Torch Club last Friday, April 28. He is one of 12 awardees from across the university. Administrative and clerical staff were eligible to be nominated. The selection committee chose the recipients based on the following competencies and values:

  • Integrity – Taking personal accountability to uphold ethical standards; building trusting relationships through honesty, openness, fairness, and candor; and living up to commitments
  • Respect – Demonstrating a genuine appreciation for others, valuing diversity by treating everyone with high regard and consideration for their individual differences as well as maintaining the highest level of professionalism when working with others through challenging issues
  • Customer Focus – Providing an excellent level of service to both internal and external customers, identifying and responding to current and future client needs
  • Teamwork – Working effectively within and across departments; collaborating with others to achieve common goals; and listening and communicating in a way that respects and supports others
  • Adaptability – Adjusting your own behavior to work efficiently and effectively in light of new information, changing situations, and/or different environments

Department of Art History Faculty and Alumni in The Art Bulletin

3 May

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 The Department of Art History is well represented in the most recent number of The Art Bulletin – vol. 99, no. 1 (March 2017), published last month.

In it, you’ll see articles by Department of Art History faculty member Meredith Martin and two Department of Art History alumni: Caroline Fowler (B.A. Art History ’05), who earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Princeton in 2012, and Alexander Kauffman (B. A. Art History ’10), who is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, completing a dissertation on Marcel Duchamp and the moving image.

Meredith Martin, “History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors” (pp. 97-127)

Caroline O. Fowler, “Res Papirea: Mantegna’s Paper Things” (pp. 8-35)

Alexander Kauffman, “The Anemic Cinemas of Marcel Duchamp” (pp. 128-159)

The Art Bulletin, the journal of record for American art historians, is published by the College Art Association of America, the flagship American scholarly society in the discipline.

Be sure to check it out!