Archive | February, 2013

DAH and URDS Honors Track Announcement

28 Feb

To Juniors Majoring in Art History and Urban Design and Architecture Studies:

Juniors who have an overall college GPA of 3.65 as well as a GPA of 3.65 in their major courses are eligible to apply for admission into the department’s honors track.

For more information on achieving department honors in Art History or Urban Design and Architecture Studies, consult the NYU Classes site titled “CAS-Art History Honors Track”. This site should be available via your NYU Home page under Academics using the “Other” tab for NYU Classes.

The Honors NYU Classes site provides instructions on how to apply for admission onto the honors track along with deadlines and other helpful information. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Dennis Geronimus ( or Professor Kathryn Smith (

The deadline for submission of all application materials via the NYU Classes site is Tuesday, March 26th at midnight.

Please note that department honors are officially conferred at graduation and are distinct from college honors (aka Latin Honors).


Ritchie Markoe Scribner ’75 Lecture on Tuesday, March 5th

28 Feb

Trompe l'oeil Troubles 2


Raymond Bellour Lecture, March 7

28 Feb


Professor Shelley Rice a recipient of a Remarque/ENS Faculty Fellowship

25 Feb




Professor Shelley Rice has been named the recipient of a Remarque/ENS Faculty Fellowship for the spring of 2014, when she will be on sabbatical doing research in France. This NYU fellowship gives Professor Rice access to an office in the Remarque Institute at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris as well as library affiliation with that institution, which will be tremendously useful for her project. She will be completing book research on Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet, and many of the archive’s bulletins and research projects were originally produced and distributed a century ago from a base of operations in this school. Going back to this source, Rice hopes, will help her find obscure and little known material related to Kahn’s multifaceted publishing venture.


Professor Rice holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art History and the Department of Photography & Imaging of the Tisch School of the Arts.  Her lecture courses and seminars, including The Social History of Photography, The Aesthetic History of Photography, Global Issues in Contemporary Photography and Toward a Critical Vocabulary, are tremendously popular with students from across the University.

“Documenting Apartheid,” lecture by Global Distinguished Professor Okwui Enwezor

25 Feb




Global Distinguished Professor Okwui Enwezor gave a dense, fascinating and standing- room only lecture called “Documenting Apartheid: Photography, Evidence and Activism in South Africa” in the Department of Art History’s Room 300 on February 21st. The lecture focused on a major exhibition, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, that Enwezor organized at the International Center of Photography in New York in the fall of 2012. An expanded version of the show opened in February at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, where Enwezor currently serves as Director. Showing video clips, images from publications and archives as well as excerpts from the comprehensive exhibition catalog, Professor Enwezor explored not only the history of apartheid but also the complex and evolving efforts of photographers to visualize and communicate the struggles of the South African people.


Enwezor’s lecture is the first of the semester in the Department of Art History’s annual lecture series, which is generously supported by the FAS Dean for the Humanities. In the context of his association with the Department of Art History this year, Enwezor is co-teaching with Professor Shelley Rice a seminar on Global Issues in Contemporary Photography, which has enrolled students from across the University, including FAS/CAS, Tisch, and Steinhardt.


Read more about Okwui Enwezor here.





Art History Writing Tutors

15 Feb

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.


Okwui Enwezor, February 21

14 Feb

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