Although the Arts and Science College Learning Center has offered subject-specific assistance in the past and continues to do so in biology, chemistry, math, languages and the like, in recent years our own Department has taken the lead in providing art history-specific tutoring to its undergraduates. The program kicked off in October 2008 and, according to our students’ feedback, has already proven to be a great success.
Without exception, our tutors are all graduate candidates at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU’s graduate art history program. A tutor is available in the Department of Art History, every weekday, from 12.30 to 2pm. Students may see them on a walk-in basis.
This semester brings us two outstanding tutors:
Rachel Boate graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia, where she studied Art History and French Language and Literature. At UVA, she conducted research for the University Museum’s education and curatorial departments, and also worked as an editor for the campus-wide journal of Art History. After graduation, she spent time abroad as an Art History teacher to Francophone high school and university students in Lyon, France, and as a tutor and independent researcher in Berlin, Germany. Rachel is now working towards her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, where she focuses on 20th-century Europe. She is particularly interested in cultural manifestations of national identity, and art in the service of politics in France and Germany from roughly the 1930s-1950s. Rachel can be seen this semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Brett Lazer graduated cum laude from Yale with a B.A. in Art History, and holds an M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts. He is currently researching his dissertation which will deal with the role of Basque emigre painter Baltasar de Echave Orio in the broader artistic and intellectual culture of early 17th century Mexico City.. Other academic interests include the relationship between art and poetry, the historiography of Latin American colonial art, and modern and contemporary architecture. During the 2007-08 school year Brett was the English teaching assistant at the Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques et du Textile in Roubaix, France. He has also spent time working with traditional Mayan weavers in Guatemala, ceramicists in Japan, and art conservators in Brazil. Since arriving at the Institute of Fine Arts, Brett has been an active participant in the Colloquium on Spanish and Latin American Art, and served for 3 years as head chef for the IFA Director’s Dinner series. Brett will be available this semester on Mondays and Thursdays.
The City Scene: Cityscapes in the History of Art
Sunday, September 23, 4:40 pm
Jon Ritter, New York University Department of Art History
Professor Jon Ritter will discuss the history of urban landscape paintings, or cityscapes. This talk will trace the origins of the genre and identify various approaches to urban representation in the western tradition. Examples will focus on the evolving meanings and uses of cityscape painting from the Renaissance to the present, following artistic shifts from civic and political representation to social and psychological observation. The talk, in conjunction with Ella Yang’s show, Brooklyn Seen, will conclude by considering the changing New York cityscape, inviting comment and discussion from the audience about the works in the exhibition.