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:
Marci Kwon graduated magna cum laude and with high honors from NYU’s Department of Art History, and also holds an M.A. in critical theory from NYU’s Draper School of Humanities and Social Thought. She is currently a Sheldon Solow Scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts, where she is researching a dissertation on Joseph Cornell and the use of vernacular culture in American art. Her main areas of research include the relationship between material culture and the fine arts, artists as collectors, the affective capacity of objects, and the prewar/postwar divide in 20th-century art. Before coming to the Institute of Fine Arts, Marci was a research assistant in the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked on exhibitions of Abstract Expressionism, Picasso, Matisse, and the Stein Circle. Marci can be seen on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Rachel Boate returns on Thursdays. Rachel 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.