Archive | October, 2016

Alumni News, Fall 2016

31 Oct

We had a terrific response to our recent call for news. Hearty congratulations to all of our alumni on of your achievements, milestones, and activities, and kudos to you for your creativity and hard work.  We hope to hear from more of you for our next “Alumni News” post, which will appear sometime in Spring 2017.  Many thanks to Professors Carol Krinsky and Jon Ritter for their contributions to this post.

Diana Thater (B.A. Art History ’84) had a solo exhibition of her work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Titled Diane Thater: The Sympathetic ImaginationThe Sympathetic Imagination, the show was on from November 22, 2015 – April 17, 2016. Her work also was featured in the most recent issue of Art21 News.

 Johanna Goldfeld (B.A. Art History ’00) sends this news:  “I just started teaching typography and Adobe InDesign at the City University of New York as an adjunct. My greatest accomplishment so far is that two students independently told me that they now notice bad kerning (in graphic design, the space between the letters) wherever they go and it drives them crazy ;-). I am continuing my work as an independent exhibition and graphic designer. For more information, visit my website. I invite NYU students and alumni to sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter, “Pointers,” which features tips and inspiration in exhibition and graphic design.”

Beth Citron (B.A. Art History ’02; Ph.D. History of Art, University of Pennsylvania ’09) has organized a site-specific commission for the Rubin Museum of Art by international, genre-bending music group Soundwalk Collective. Titled “Himalayan Wind,” the work transports visitors to the environment of the high Himalayas through sound. “It opens on November 11 and I would be happy to welcome the NYU Art History community to the Rubin,” writes Beth, who is the Rubin’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Christian J. Zaino, MD (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies,’06; Med. ’10) sends this news: “I am now a Fellow in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the University of Chicago’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  The surgical exposure this year is vast — from carpal tunnel releases and wrist arthroscopy to elbow fractures and shoulder replacements. But when I am not in the OR, clinic, or library, I am exploring the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, two of my favorites. This past weekend I spent visiting a multitude of sites with OpenHouse Chicago.”

Kaitlin Booher (B.A. Art History ’08) is a second-year PhD. candidate in Art History at Rutgers University where she is studying the history of photography. Prior to returning to school, she worked at the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where she was Assistant Curator of Photography and Media Arts. She is currently organizing the exhibition “Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence Reese,” which opens January 17, 2017 at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

 Jacquelyn Haas (B.A. Art History, Studio Art and Italian Studies minors ’08; M.Arch. New Jersey Institute of Technology ‘13) writes, I recently left a three-year position as Architectural Designer at Windigo Architecture in Morristown, NJ, for a position at TPG Architecture in New York City, focusing on workplace design. I am currently in the process of taking the ARE exams for Architectural licensing and recently received WELL AP certification.”

Sarah Rogers Morris (B.A. Art History ’08) graduated from the Bard Graduate Center with an M.A. in the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture in 2013. Her qualifying paper, “Richard Nickel’s Photography: Preserving Ornament in Architecture,” was subsequently published in the peer-reviewed journal Future Anterior. Sarah is now Associate Director of the Mies van der Rohe Society at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was recently interviewed about her work at the Mies Society. Sarah and her husband, Corbin Morris — another NYU alum — recently had a baby boy.

Elliot Richman (B.A. Art History ’09) has shifted his career path to residential landscape design and construction, with an emphasis on Southern California native and Mediterranean, climate-appropriate plants. “In every project, the resulting landscape requires a fraction of the supplemental water, fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide inputs” than was needed for the one it replaced, writes Elliot. “I design all my projects and build them together with a small team.” Check out these photos, including split-screen, “before/after” shots of some of Elliot’s projects.

mar-vista-gardenMar Vista Garden

pasadena-gardenPasadena Garden

ojai-garden-1Oja Garden

ojai-garden-2Oja Garden

Malcolm St. Clair (B.A. Urban Design and Architectural Studies ’09) has begun teaching eighth grade at St. Bernard’s School, an all boys K-9 school in Manhattan.

Megan Gannon (B.A. Art History/English ’10) is a journalist based in Berlin. She recently had a feature published in Undark Magazine about archeologists who study the material traces of contemporary life.

Cristina Garza (B.A. Art History ’10) began a new position at the Mission Economic Development Corporation in Mission, TX, as its first Program Director. She is responsible for creating, organizing, and coordinating Mission EDC’s Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (E-STEAM) programs. She also will oversee the development and implementation of an arts program that complements Mission EDC’s existing initiatives. Previously, Cristina was Academic Programs Associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she coordinated their fellowship program. As Cristina puts it, “Getting to know scholars of all disciplines and at different levels in their careers was my favorite part of the job. As you might imagine, being surrounded by art historians stirred in me a desire to go back to school.” Cristina then moved to Italy, where she pursued an M.A. in Renaissance Art at Syracuse University in Florence. After earning her Master’s she remained in Italy, working as a T.A. and teaching the introductory class to Italian art. “My experience in Florence was unforgettable, but it also made me realize that I wasn’t interested in pursuing a Ph.D., but rather wanted to work toward making art and art education more accessible. And eccomi, I ended up in Economic Development, trying to infuse this small town with a passion for art and technology.” Cristina encourages anyone interested in getting involved to contact her.

Hannah Roberts (B.A. Art History ’10) sends this news: “I am currently in my final year of medical school at Columbia University. During my time here, I’ve conducted research on the intersections of art and medicine, collaborating with museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and have published my findings in major medical journals. I’ve attached a few links that detail some of my work below. Big thanks to Professors Kathryn Smith, Carol Krinsky, and Joan Connelly for being particularly encouraging of multidisciplinary studies at NYU!”

Read more about Hannah’s research and projects. An article appears in “Hyperallergic” as well as an  article in”Neurology”on medical students learning about dementia with Alzheimers patient programs at NYC art museums. And an article appears in “Radiation Oncology” on thematic representations of radiation oncology in 21st century art.

Alexandra Wellington (B.A. Art History/Political Science,’10) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her dissertation analyzes the political role of print culture during the British abolition movement, particularly the ways in which illustrated pamphlets, travel books, and poems encourage viewers to transform visceral, empathetic responses into political action.  In January 2017, she will travel to England and Scotland for a fourth (and final!) research visit, generously funded by the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.  Alexandra also works at the Dallas Museum of Art as a Researcher of European and American Art.

 Sofia Chirico’s (B.A. Art History ’11) website opened earlier this year (see our June 22, 2016 blogpost). It supports contemporary digital artists, writers, and musicians, and provides a realistic opportunity to earn money in the Internet Age.

Jonah Cohen (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) began his studies at Pratt Institute’s M.Arch. program this fall.

Coralie Harmache (B.A., Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’14) began her studies in the Master of Law and Diplomacy program at Tufts University’s Fletcher School this fall.

Daray Choe (B.A. Art History ’15) completed her Masters degree in Art History at University College London in September of this year. She wrote her thesis on photographic advertisements of Eastman Kodak Company in the late nineteenth century to early twentieth century, making extensive use of the Kodak Archive at The British Library.

Sophia Choi (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) sends this news: “After graduating, I moved to San Francisco to work for the Institute at the Golden Gate and the National Parks Service. For six months as an Urban Fellow I researched urban park developments and wrote a case study report on post to park transformations. After completing the fellowship, I moved back to New York in May to work in business development and communications for the New York office of Rem Koolhaas’s OMA.”

Now in her final semester of M.A. coursework at N.Y.U.’s Institute of Fine Arts, Ellis Edwards (B.A. Art History/French ’15) is a volunteer researcher in the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is working to verify and compile bibliographic information for the collection’s seventy modern European paintings.  This summer she traveled to the South of France, Italy, and Switzerland to visit small-town Picasso museums, thanks to generous funding from the Shelby White & Leon Levy Travel Grant offered at the IFA.  In the Spring she will begin her job search while writing her M.A. thesis on the relationship between art and religion in post-war Europe, with a focus on a series of chapels built and decorated by modern artists and architects throughout France, including Picasso’s War and Peace Chapel, Matisse’s Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut, and Leger’s wall decorations of the church at Plateau d’Assy.

Nora Gorman (B.A. Art History ’15) is the Group Sales and Docent Program Assistant at the New-York Historical Society. Nora works to engage new audiences and maintain relationships with previous visitors, particularly adults, seniors, and college students. She also helps coordinate and provide training materials to the Museum’s volunteer docents. Since graduating from NYU, she has also worked as a Contractual Lecturer for Family Programs at The Cloisters (the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Seoyoung Lee (B.A Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) entered the M.Arch program at the New School/Parsons School of Design this fall.

Ellen Lei (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’15) works at the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) as a Junior Project Manager. She is currently working in the “Build it Back” program, which assists homeowners in the rehabilitation of their homes damaged by superstorm Sandy. It is also an effort to strengthen flood resilience in areas that are most vulnerable. Prior projects in which she was involved include the building and rehabilitation of Department of Sanitation of New York garage facilities and Marine Transfer Station facilities.  “One cool Sanitation project that DDC had the opportunity to manage was Spring Street Salt Shed. A fun fact is that the salt shed made its debut during this fall’s NY fashion week,” writes Ellen. In addition to work, Ellen has been taking driving lessons. She recently passed her road test, but she will make sure her future carbon footprint remains low. She also visited Watkins Glen State Park not too long ago. Here is a picture she took of the gorgeous scenery:

ellen-lei-_watkins-glen-state-park-new-york-state_Photo: Ellen Lei, “Watkins Glen State Park (New York State)

Danli Wang (B.A. Urban Design and Architecture Studies ’15) began the M.Arch. program in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation this fall.

Reshma D. Persaud (B.A. Art History ’16) writes, “This past August, I became Administrative Aide to the Directors of Development of N.Y.U.’s School of Professional Studies and Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Eventually I hope to attain my Masters in Visual Arts Administration from N.Y.U. Steinhardt, as I intend to pursue a career in development for the arts. I plan to take courses at NYUSPS and in the Stern School of Business in Spring 2017.” Reshma is also very excited to travel to Rome in April 2017, when she will attend the Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at the Palazzo Braschi. The show runs from November 30, 2016-May 8, 2017.

 Anqi Xu (B.A. Art History/Comparative Literature ’16) is currently working as a project assistant for artist Cai Guo-Qiang in downtown Manhattan. She joined Cai’s Studio after graduation and has assisted in the preparation of the artist’s projects around the globe, including the recent release of his documentary, Sky Ladder: the Art of Cai Guo-Qiang. She is also a New York-based reporter and critic for the Chinese art news website.


The House of Dust: Against the Grain of Technology with Zabet Patterson and Julia Robinson – Tonight!

27 Oct

Artists of the 1960s employed chance, technology, and social interaction to create “compositions” that crossed the disciplines of music, poetry, visual art, and dance. As the decade progressed, the initial impulses and experiments coalesced as Fluxus, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. A key question of this discussion will be whether it is still productive, even viable to maintain these divisions on the basis of “art movements.” Art historians Zabet Patterson and Julia Robinson will discuss Fluxus practice with particular attention to the tensions of chance operations and technology and consider what the legacy of this movement is today, particularly for art’s relationship to technology. This event is organized by Maud Jacquin and Sebastien Pluot.
Image: Alison Knowles Gift Objects to The House of Dust. Image courtesy of Alison Knowles and James Fuentes, NY.
The James Gallery
Thursday, October 27th, 6:30pm

Announcing Issue #2 of Journal18 co-founded by Professor Meredith Martin

27 Oct


DAH faculty member Meredith Martin, and her Journal18 co-editors Noémie Etienne and Hannah Williams, are delighted to announce the publication of Journal18’s second issue, “Louvre Local,” which explores the histories of this artistic center before it became one of the world’s best-known museums. Check it out!

Garden Architecture – Philosophies of Repair, Monday, November 14, 6:30 pm

26 Oct

Miriam Kelly
, ARB AABC, Senior Associate Beyer, Blinder, Belle Architects and Planners LLP

Monday, November 14, 6:30 pm
New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

The architectural conservation of structures within historic gardens calls for a particularly sensitive approach, but with latitude to explore a broad spectrum of concepts from ruination to renewal. This presentation explores different repair philosophies through two projects on opposite sides of the Atlantic. At Lowther Castle & Gardens in Cumbria, UK, a major project has made the ruined castle, derelict stables and 130 acres of abandoned, seventeenth century gardens accessible to the public for the first time. Closer to home in Pennsylvania, the restoration of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens has revitalized the historic heart of one of the most celebrated public gardens in the country. Both projects encompass interesting philosophical, technical and design challenges, and provide a comparison of approaches between the UK and the USA.

Sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter, and the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture.

Event flyer available here:

— Free and open to the public —

NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture Fall Open House / Information Session for 2017-18

26 Oct


Mosette Broderick Program Directors
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Silver Center 307
100 Washington Square East

Looking for a future path?  Love old buildings?  Why not make them new again?  NYU’s London-based M.A. Program provides an immersion in adaptive reuse and sustainable building practice.  Come learn about the program at our fall open house, featuring presentations about our faculty and curriculum, along with admissions information for 2017-8, and a discussion of career opportunities in the field.  Program directors and alumni will be there to discuss the program and answer your questions.

We are pleased to offer 50% tuition scholarships to students graduating from NYU in December 2016 or May 2017.  Come learn about this exciting opportunity for NYU graduates at our open house on November 9.

The Master of Arts Degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture is a nine-month program focusing on the creative reuse of older buildings.  In an era when the demolition of older buildings has been recognized, not just as a loss to the urban fabric but also as a major source of environmental pollution, retaining historic structures and using them for new purposes is increasingly desirable –and profitable.  This program explores innovative ways to reconcile real estate development with historical preservation and environmental protection by recycling existing structures.  The course of study combines academic training and research with experiential learning opportunities, and the program operates within the framework of New York University’s London program.

For more information, see our web pages at:

Please contact us with any inquiries or questions at our email address:


Film Screening: Breaking the Frame (Marielle Nitoslawska, 2012, 100 min.)

26 Oct


Film still from Breaking the Frame

Wednesday November 2, 6:30 pm
Michelson Theater, Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, Room 648

This documentary profiles Carolee Schneemann, a pioneer of performance, body art, and avant-garde cinema, as well as a participant in Moorman’s festivals. Schneeman’s own collaged and diaristic approach to cinema is mirrored in Nitoslawska’s intimate portrait of her. With an introduction and Q&A by B. Ruby Rich, professor, Social Documentation Program and Film & Digital Media Department, UC Santa Cruz.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies (TSOA) and Grey Art Gallery.

This program is free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited, and subject to change.
Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.
Information: greyartgallery.nyu.edugreyartgallery@nyu.edu212/998-6780.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition A Feast of Astonishments:
Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s,
on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery September 8–December 10, 2016.
For more information on the exhibition,
please visit

Don’t Throw Anything Out: Charlotte Moorman’s Archive
The Fales Library, Tracey/Barry Gallery
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
On view: September 8–December 9, 2016
Information: 212/998-2596

“Porcelain Rooms from Amalia von Solms to Arlene Shechet,” by Meredith Martin, New York University

25 Oct


The Frick Collection

1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-288-0700

Popular among European elites during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but also present in Asia and Africa, the “porcelain room” was a unique architectural phenomenon associated with expanding global trade, intercultural curiosity, and consumerism. Martin’s talk explores its history and its echoes in Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection.