Archive | January, 2014

Art History Writing Competition

31 Jan

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Art History and Grey Art Gallery, the Art History Writing Competition will recognize the best poem or short prose piece (500 words max.) written by an art history major in response to the exhibition An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, on view at the Grey Art Gallery from January 14 through March 29, 2014. The Department of Art History and the Grey will award $200 to the winner, $100 to the first runner-up, and also announce an honorable mention. All three authors will be invited to read their entries at a special event at the Grey on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6:30 pm. The winning entries will also be published on the Department of Art History’s blog, Fields of Vision, and on the Grey’s blog, The Grey Area.

Please email your submission as a Microsoft Word attachment with subject line “Art History Writing Competition” to Be sure to include your full name, University ID (N#), and NYU School in your email (however, please do not include this information in the submission itself). The submission deadline for this contest is Friday, February 28, 2014. Adjunct faculty judge Thomaï Serdari will conduct a blind review of the submissions and select a winner and a runner-up.


Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East

Exhibition on view: January 14–March 29, 2014

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle is the first exhibition to focus on the work of this genre-bending group of West Coast artists. Jess (1923–2004), who produced fantastical paintings, collages, and assemblages, and Robert Duncan (1919–1988), who wrote poetry in eclectic, myth-laden verse, were one of the most fascinating artistic couples of the 20th century. After they met in San Francisco in 1950, their work became increasingly intertwined, their dense, allusive creations permeating one another. An Opening of the Field includes 180 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, films, and ephemera—many of which have never been shown in public.

The show features numerous works by the visual artists and poets in their circle, such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and R. B. Kitaj, revealing the complex and fertile interplay between poetry and art in San Francisco during the 1950s. An Opening of the Field is organized by Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum with guest curators Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. A copy of the catalogue will be available on reserve in the Art History Reading Room, Silver, 3rd floor.


A second lecture by Prof. Barry Flood at Columbia University — February 6th

30 Jan



Prof. Finbarr Barry Flood


William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities

Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, NYU


Incipient Globalism? Egypt, India and the Architecture of Twelfth-Century Ethiopia


Thursday, February 6, 2014

7:00 pm

* 612 Schermerhorn Hall *

Wine and Cheese from 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Those wishing to do so may join us for dinner with the speaker

after the presentation.


Congratulations to Julie Engh (Urban Design & Architecture Studies, ’05), winner of a 2014 AIA Associates Award

29 Jan

URDS alumna Julie Ann Engh was awarded one of three Associates Awards given by the American Institute of Architects.  As the AIA’s website puts it, the Associates Award “is the highest award given to individual associate AIA members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region’s membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries.”

In 2012, Julie was the recipient of an AIANYS Intern-Associate Award; for more information, see our Fall 2012 Alumni News post.Julie Engh

Professor Barry Flood Lectures at Columbia University

27 Jan


Please join the Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology for the fourth event of the 2013-2014 Bettman Lecture Series:

 “Sanctified Sandals: Relics of the Prophet in an Era of Technological Reproduction”

 Finbarr Barry Flood

Institute of Fine Arts & Department of Art History

New York University

 Monday, February 3

6 pm, 612 Schermerhorn Hall

Dept. of Art History and Archaeology

Columbia University

Finbarr Barry Flood teaches at the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History of New York University. His research interests include Islamic architectural history and historiography, cross-cultural dimensions of material culture, image theory, technologies of representation, and Orientalism. Recent books include Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter (2009), awarded the 2011 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best English-language book on South Asia, and Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century (2011), co-edited with Nebahat Avcıoğlu. His current book project, which will be published by Reaktion Books, is provisionally entitled Islam and Image: Polemics, Theology and Modernity.


Inaugurated in 2004, the Bettman Lectures are an annual program of monthly lectures in art history sponsored by Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology.  Endowed with a bequest from Linda Bettman, a former graduate student of the department, the lectures are named in her honor.


MA Open House at George Mason University

27 Jan

HDA Open House flyer 2014 FINAL VERSION 11 20 13


Undergraduate Art History Symposium at Case Western Reserve University

27 Jan

Symposium flyer


Robert La Valva, URDS Alumnus and Adjunct Professor in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program, in Friday’s New York Times

27 Jan