Archive | May, 2011

Ink and Image Publishes its Third Issue

27 May

Ink and Image, New York University’s journal of undergraduate research in the history of art, architecture, and urban design, published its third issue this spring.

The journal’s student editors for the 2010-11 academic year were Art History majors Sofia Chirico ’11 and Mia Laufer ’11, and John Kwiatkowski, Gallatin ’11.  The cover was designed by Suzy Shaheen, Art History ’10. Professor Carol Krinsky served as faculty advisor.  Four articles by NYU undergraduates – all Art History or Urban Design majors or minors — appear in the third issue.  The essays and their authors are as follows:

–Lindsey Berfond, “Exhibitions and the Beginnings of Spectacle:  1957-1966”;

–Whitney Theis,  “Green Machines for Living:  Sustainable Residential Architecture in the United States”;

–Christopher Purpura, “Cultural Cross-Dressing at the Jermyn Street Hammam; Whispering of Englishness Exposed in Victorian London”;

–Sam Siegel and Peter Spalding, “Great Camp Architecture:  From the Gilded Age Elite to Roosevelt’s New Deal”.

Ink and Image was founded in 2009 by department alumni Malcolm St. Clair ’09 and Alexis Wang ’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.  St. Clair and Wang served as executive editors of the inaugural issue, while Adrian Marshall ’10 served as associate editor and Professor Kenneth Silver as faculty advisor.  The first issue featured articles by Art History majors Chase Booker, Alexander Kauffman, Natalie Dûpecher, and Michael DeNiro.   Marshall and Kauffman edited Issue 2, which included articles by Alex Govenar, Anne Feng, and Hannah Green, all Art History majors or minors.  Professor Krinsky was faculty advisor for the second issue, and Professor Mosette Broderick, Director of the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program, provided additional valuable advice.

The articles published in each issue of Ink and Image develop out of papers and other research conducted by students in advanced Art History and Urban Design Courses, independent studies, and senior honors theses.

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 both the CAS administration and the CAS Student Council.   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.

Kathryn A. Smith


Mosette Broderick’s Triumvirate

26 May

The current academic year brought the publication of the eagerly anticipated Triumvirate:  McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s Gilded Age (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010) by Mosette Broderick, Director of our Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program.

Triumvirate has been widely and positively reviewed.  Writing for Booklist (the American Library Association), Donna Seaman observed, “…this is a scintillating record of the complex lives and accomplishments of three adventurous architects who created American grandeur.”  In his review of the book in The Architects Newspaper, Professor Kevin Murphy noted,  “A great biographer of an important cultural producer accomplishes two things:  first, he or she explains for the reader the subject’s motivations and shows how that person was able to climb to the heights of his or her field; second, the author provides the reader with the feeling that you are there at the making of a work or works of great importance. In her new firm biography, Triumvirate: McKim, Mead and White: Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America’s Gilded Age, Mosette Broderick . . . accomplishes just such feats. “

The Department of Art History and Urban Design along with The College of Arts and Science and the Humanities Initiative at NYU hosted a book launch in Silverstein Lounge on November 9, 2010.

Professor Broderick has lectured widely on aspects of Triumvirate across the country and in some twenty New York City clubs and institutions.  She has done talks at Cooper Union and The AIA Chapter in New York, as well as interviews at major booksellers and on New York, Chicago, Connecticut, National and Irish Public Radio.  For her NPR interview, please go to

Professor Broderick will be the featured speaker at the NYU Alumni Association Spring 2011 Speakers on the Square Lecture on Monday, June 13 from 6:00-7:00 P.M. in the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 4th floor.

Peggy Coon

Kathryn A. Smith

12 May

On Tuesday, May 10th, Professors Shelley Rice and Kenneth Silver received the insignia of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of their contributions to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.  The ceremony and reception took place at the French Consulate.  Shown here are, from left to right: Christophe Musitelli, Deputy Cultural Counselor,  Embassy of France in the United States; Shelley Rice; John Richardson, and Kenneth E. Silver.

 Photo:  Lorie Novak

Accolades for Professor Kenneth Silver’s “Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936″

9 May

Professor Kenneth Silver’s major exhibition, “Chaos and Classicism:  Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936,” currently on view at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, will close on May 15th. The show has garnered accolades since it opened on October 1st, 2010 at the Guggenheim Museum New York, where it ran until January 9th, 2011.

“Chaos and Classicism” was picked as the #1 museum exhibition of 2010 by New York Magazine’s Jerry Salz.  As Salz put it, “It’s not often that a show pulls back the curtain on conventional wisdom or revises art history outright. But guest curator Kenneth Silver has done that with panache.” For more, see Salz’s Top Ten list, “The Year in Art,” at

In addition, University of Cambridge classicist Mary Beard selected the catalogue for “Chaos and Classicism” as one of the notable books of the year 2010 in The Times Literary Supplement.  As Beard wrote, the catalogue “brilliantly disposes of the common misconception that Modernism turned its back on Greece and Rome.”  For more, see

The Washington Square News recently published a piece on the exhibition; see the article by Atticus Brigham at

Kathryn A. Smith


Alumni News, Spring 2011

4 May

Great thanks to all of the alumni who responded to our call for news.  It is terrific to hear from you and to learn about your activities and achievements since graduation.  We hope to hear from more of you in the weeks and months to come; please send your news, links, photos, videos, and podcasts to Professor Kathryn Smith (, with a copy to Peggy Coon (

Nina Wishnok, ’89 lives in Boston, where she works as an artist and a designer (see  Recently, she began a new job as Designer at the MIT Media Lab (  Two of her prints will be included in the 1st International Mokuhanga conference in Japan this June (see

Sarah Laursen, ’02 graduated from NYU with a double major in Art History and East Asian Studies.  After completing undergraduate internships in the Asian departments of the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sarah joined a two-year inventory project in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University.  In 2004, she began her doctoral studies in Chinese art history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to the Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows at the Penn Museum and participated in public outreach programming in connection with the 2011 Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition.  In Philadelphia, she also taught courses at Temple University, Moore College of Art & Design, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It has been almost ten years since Sarah left New York, and in that time she has traveled the globe, visiting Silk Road sites from Iran to Japan.  In May 2011, she will receive her Ph.D., and in fall she will return to her alma mater to join NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as a two-year postdoctoral fellow.

 Ryann Pointon, ’03 earned her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from NYU’s Steinhardt School in 2008.  Her master’s thesis explored African-American philanthropy in the arts.  She is currently the Director of Annual Giving at LREI (Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School) in Greenwich Village.   Ryann is also a member of NYU’s Young Alumni Leadership Circle and serves on the Visual Arts Administration Alumni Council.

 Tamara Eaton, ’06 launched her own interior design firm, Tamara Eaton Design, about a year and a half ago.  She recently completed a major project – the renovation of a historic Montrose Morris townhouse on Prospect Park that was the former residence of actress Jennifer Connolly.  For more information about the project and the design process, see the article published by the Park Slope Patch at  More photos of the project are available on Tamara’s website,

Carly Jane Steinborn, ’06 is currently working on her Ph.D. at Rutgers University. For the past year, she has been living in Italy as a Rome Prize recipient.  She will be at the American Academy in Rome from 2010-2012 on a two-year fellowship to conduct research on her doctoral dissertation, “Transforming Sacred Space:  Image and Materiality in the Orthodox Baptistery of Ravenna.”

Ksenia Yachmetz, ’09 will begin her doctoral studies in Central and Eastern European art this fall as a Dodge Fellow at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Over the summer, she will be a research intern in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art.  Please also read Ksenia’s recent article, “Outside the White Cube, Inside the Art Fair,” posted on our blog last month (18 April).

Adrian Marshall, ’10 is currently working at Alexander and Bonin Gallery in Chelsea.  She also has been working at a new art journal, 491, which recently posted her review of the exhibition, Objects of Devotion and Desire:  Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art at Hunter College’s Leubsdorf Gallery (see (  Submissions to 491 from current and former Department of Art History students are welcome.  This fall, Adrian will be heading to Syracuse University to begin an M.A. in Renaissance Art.  The three-semester program at Syracuse includes one year at Syracuse’s center in Florence.

Alexandra Wellington, ’10 will begin the M.A./Ph.D. program in Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill this fall, pursuing research on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and British art under the supervision of Professor Mary Sheriff.  A double major in Political Science and Art History at NYU, she is interested in art and politics in European art of the period, Orientalism, and the artists who accompanied Captain James Cook on his explorations of the Pacific, including Sydney Parkinson, William Hodges, and John Webber.  For the past year, Alexandra has been a curatorial intern at the Dallas Museum of Art, working in the Department of European and American art under curators Heather MacDonald and Olivier Meslay.  Her responsibilities include researching art in the permanent collection as well as works that the museum is considering selling or buying.  She also co-curated two exhibitions:  the first examines Impressionist print-making in France, and the second is a comprehensive exhibition about one of the museum’s most cherished holdings, Henri Matisse’s Ivy in Flower, a paper cut-out from 1953.  Currently she is planning a future exhibition on Chanel and the artists with whom she collaborated during her time at La Pausa, her private villa in the South of France.  Alexandra also has written wall labels as well as several entries for the museum’s publications.