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Alumni News, Spring 2019 – version 2.0!

7 May

More alumni responded to our call for news, so we are posting an expanded version of our recent post.  Congratulations to all of our alumni on your many and splendid achievements!  It is wonderful to hear from you; we hope to hear from more of you for our next Alumni News round-up, which we’ll post sometime in fall 2019.  Hearty thanks, too, to Professors Mosette Broderick, Carol Krinsky, Jon Ritter, and Kathryn Smith, who provided news about some of our distinguished alumni with whom they keep in touch.  Please send updates or corrections to with a copy to

Mira Schor (B.A. Fine Arts circa ’75) was the recipient of a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art.  The award recognizes her work as feminist painter, art historian, teacher, critic, and editor.  More here  about Mira’s work and career.

Julia Perratore (B.A., Art History ’03; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania ’12) begins her new position as Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in June 2019.  Previously Julia was a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum, where she cataloged and researched the sculpture collection of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.  Her doctoral dissertation, “Laity, Community and Architectural Sculpture in Romanesque Aragon: Santa María de Uncastillo,” written under the supervision of Robert Maxwell, explored the role of the visual arts in post-conquest northern Spain.  Grants or fellowships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, and the Fulbright Commission supported her dissertation work.  Julia’s articles and reviews have appeared in Mediterráneos, the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Peregrinations, Caareviews, and in a volume of essays that she co-edited, Devotional Interaction in Medieval England and Its Afterlives (2018).  In her new position Julia will be based at The Cloisters.

Larisa Grollemond (B.A., Art History ’07; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania ’16) is the Assistant Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  In May, she will celebrate the opening of the major international loan exhibition, Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, which she co-curated with Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator of Manuscripts.  Larisa was also a contributor to and assisting editor of the accompanying publication of the same name (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2019).  She is currently working on an upcoming exhibition at the Getty entitled Blurring the Line: Manuscripts in the Age of Print that opens in August 2019.

Sarah Rogers Morris (B.A. Art History, ’08) earned an M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center in 2013 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Art History Department at University of Illinois at Chicago.  She studies modern architecture and design with a special focus on architectural photography and the social and cultural history of Chicago’s built environment.  Her research on Hedrich Blessing, a commercial photography studio, considers photography’s role in constructing and promoting ideas about Chicago as a center of architectural innovation in the twentieth century.

Ksenia Nouril (née Yachmetz) (B.A. Art History ’09) successfully defended her dissertation entitled “The Afterlives of Communism: The Historical Turn in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe” and received her Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in October 2018.  Ksenia sends this additional excellent news:  “In January 2019, I was appointed Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center, a 104-year-old nonprofit institution in Philadelphia dedicated to expanding our understanding of printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts.”  On April 18th, Ksenia opened two exhibitions:  James Siena: Resonance Under Pressure and New Typographics: Typewriter Art as Print.  In March 2019 Ksenia’s husband, Bruno Nouril (B.A. NYU Religious Studies ’08), began as Director of Development at ICA Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania.



Alexis Wang (B.A. Art History ’09), currently a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, was awarded a 2019-20 Rome Prize to support advanced research on her dissertation, titled “Intermedial Effects, Sanctified Surfaces: Framing Devotional Objects in Italian Medieval Mural Decoration.”  She is pursuing her thesis under the supervision of Columbia’s Holger Klein.

Areyeh “Ari” Lipkis (B.A. Art History ’11), a past Co-President of the Fine Arts Society, sends this news:  “After completing an M.A. at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016, specializing in sixteenth-century Italian art, I am very pleased to be starting this fall in the Ph.D. program at Temple University in Philadelphia, where I’ll study with Dr. Tracy Cooper.  I will be focusing more on the architecture of Northern Italy, especially on Lombardy and the Veneto.  I would not have been able to reach this accomplishment without the initial support I received from the department, and in particular from Drs. Carol Krinsky and Elizabeth Mansfield (now at Penn State).”

Christina Smith (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’11) is a member of City Council in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she is also Executive Director of Groundwork Bridgeport, a community-based preservation and advocacy organization. She is also Trustee of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and in 2018 she was named a Professional Development Fellow at the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office. She is working on a project with the Fairfield Garden Club to restore the Olmsted and Vaux design for a lookout section in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park.

Cecil Barnes (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’10; M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12) is Architectural Designer at Chartier Dalix in Paris, France.  He was formerly Architectural Designer at Bernard Tschumi in New York City.  He earned his M.Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in 2015.

Heather Shimmin (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12)
works as Photo Review Coordinator at Shutterstock in New York City and she leads tours for Untapped Cities.
Chad Rochkind (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12) is founder of Human Scale Studio, and he is currently working as Strategist at SY Partners in Brooklyn.  In 2017 he was named to the YBCA100 list, which recognizes Chad’s present efforts and its potential for future impact.  In 2018 he produced a documentary about some of his work in Detroit that was selected to the Free Press Film Festival.  He also published an article in CityLab based on interviews with mayors, thought leaders, and practitioners about the future of cities:  “My main takeaway:  cities are society condensed in space, so the issues that impact cities are often things that occur outside their borders.  Immigration policy, population growth, and environmental regulation all impact the shape and form of cities in ways that are difficult to imagine when we craft those policies. To me, this means that policymakers should approach their work with a degree of humility, open-mindedness and agility.”

Kaylee Alexander (B.A., Art History ’13; M.A., Institute of Fine Arts ’15) is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate at Duke University, where she is preparing a dissertation on the visual culture of the cemetery and the market for funerary monuments in nineteenth-century Paris under the supervision of Neil McWilliam.  At Duke she is also a research assistant for the Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative (DALMI), as well as a fellow in the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, and a digital humanities intern with Data and Visualization Services at Duke University Libraries.  In 2018 Kaylee was awarded the Graduate Student Distinguished Presentation Award at the 45th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society for her paper, “Père-Lachaise in 1815: A New Method in the Study of Ephemeral Funerary Monuments.”  The paper was subsequently published in the e-publication, Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today (eds. Erika Doss and Cheryl Snay, 2018).

Most recently Kaylee has presented her research on funerary monuments industry in New York at the 16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art, sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art.  This July, she will present her work on the legacy of French burial regulations on the material culture of the cemetery at the 2019 Society for the Study of French History conference at the University of Leeds.  For the 2019-20 academic year Kaylee has received the James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School at Duke University.  During the fellowship period she will be based in Paris writing and completing archival research for her dissertation project.  More information about her research can be found on her website.

Ariane Prache (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’13) is Architectural Designer at Bleyer, Blinder, Belle in New York City.  She earned dual M.Arch and MS in Historic Preservation and Conservation degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in 2019.

Michael Storm (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’13) is Urban Designer at AECOM in New York City, where he coordinates emergency home repair in the Virgin Islands as Assistant Head of Project Closeout for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) STEP Program.  Michael earned his M.Arch degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in 2018.

Alessandro Bello, B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’14; M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’15) is working as an Assistant Architect for AKI Development in Astoria NY, best known for Graffiti House, which has won Interior Design and Landscaping awards from the Queens Chamber of Commerce.  He was formerly a Heritage Planning Consultant at Savills in London for several years.

Danny Matalon (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’14) will begin NYU’s M.A. program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture this fall.

Alex Greenberger (B.A. Art History ’15) is a Senior Editor at ARTnews, a position he has held for about a year.  Previously he was an Associate Editor, an Editorial Assistant, and an Editorial Intern at the journal.

Jesslyn Guntur (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’15) is Communications Manager at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in New York City.

Liz Meshel (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’15) will begin the MSt. program in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford this fall.

Danielle Nir (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’15) will begin the M.Arch. program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation this fall.

Raka Sen (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’15) is a second-year doctoral student in the Sociology program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research interests include the sociology of climate change, social resilience, cities, neighborhoods and disaster sociology.  Prior to beginning her graduate study, Raka was a Researcher at Rebuild By Design, a resilience initiative launched after Hurricane Sandy.  At Rebuild she worked on a study of managed retreat in the Sandy region and studied how long term infrastructure projects develop over time.

Monica Bacon (M.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’16) is a Historic Buildings Specialist for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii in their Cultural Resources section, Environmental Division.   She assists with the identification, evaluation of potential eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and the preservation & adaptive re-use of historic buildings for the U.S. Army in Hawaii.  Monica serves on the non-profit Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa’s Memorial Design team, and volunteers her time working on an architectural inventory survey of historic patient homes at Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai.  Monica’s landscape architecture themed capstone thesis was the inspiration behind her recently published article in The London Gardener, the journal of the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust (2018, Volume 22), entitled “Thomas Square, Honolulu: a ‘London Square’ in the Hawaiian Islands.”

Grace Braganza (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’16) is currently living in Princeton, New Jersey, where she works for KSS Architects in Princeton and Philadelphia as a Marketing Coordinator, which includes writing and research about projects, assisting with RFPs, on-site project photo shoots, and graphic design. KSS is a wide service firm with a specialty in adaptive reuse projects.  Her experience with project in London informs her approach to many similar projects on her work with KSS.

Corinne Hargraves (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’16) is Assistant Project Manager at Neuberger Berman in New York City.

Julia Katz (B.A. Art History ’16) is pursuing an M.A. at the University of Delaware, where her research interests include Italian Baroque art and architecture, and the relationship between ancient and early modern art, literature, and culture.  This fall she will enter the Ph.D. program in Art History ​at Rutgers.

Bryan Marcus Chun Law (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’16) will begin the M.Arch. program at the University of California, Berkeley this fall.

Reshma Persaud (B.A. Art History ’16) writes, “I am in my second year of the M.A. in Visual Arts Administration program at NYU Steinhardt.  This summer, I am looking forward to completing Steinhardt’s Global Summer Abroad course, UK: Exhibition and Display of Art and Material Culture, through which I will explore the museums, galleries, and heritage sites of London. Earlier this month I was the recipient of the VAA Alumni Council Study Abroad Award of $1,000 to assist with expenses related to my trip.

I recently accepted an internship at Grey Art Gallery, where I helped launch the Grey’s first ever crowdfunding campaign to support our landmark exhibition Art After Stonewall 1969-1989.  Revisiting my roots in the Department of Art History, I am also excited to share that I worked on an interview for The Grey Area’s blog with none other than our very own Professor Dennis Geronimus in conjunction with Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt, on view at the Grey from January 9 – April 6, 2019.  In my leisure time, I am a volunteer educator at the Chaim and Renee Gross Foundation, where I offer tours of the museum’s rich collection, right in the heart of Greenwich Village.”

Recently I began a part-time position as Project Associate for the Associate of Professional Art Advisors (APAA) where I work on their weekly digests, social media posts, newsletters and events.

Robin Smith (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’16) is Project Manager at Construction for Change in Uganda. He was formerly Assistant Project Manager at AE Greyson in New York City before moving to Africa this year.

Anqi Xu (B.A. Art History ’16) is the Chief Editor of Art in Group at Huasheng Media responsible for the China Editions of Wallpaper* and the New York Times T Magazine, in addition to serving as a founding member of The WSJ. China Magazine to be launched this summer.  She gave a talk at Fosun Foundation Shanghai on its exhibition Yayoi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever in March 2019.  She is also invited to be a panelist to share her views on art and technology at the 8th annual Columbia China Prospects Conference (Columbia University) this April.

Daniel Borrero (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) will begin the M.F.A. program in Architectural History at Savannah College of Design this fall.

Ryan Cameron (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17) works as a Junior Associate at MacRostie Historic Advisors in Boston, where he researches and writes National Register nominations all over the country.  He writes that he “gets to nerd out looking at buildings all over the country, I love it.  I can’t say I know anyone else my age who can genuinely say they enjoy going to work most days so I am pretty stoked.”

Polyn Gonzalez (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17) works in the Chilean Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Heritage, focusing on sustainable conservation of historic architecture.  She also teaches architectural preservation and adaptive reuse at the University of Viña del Mar. I n 2018, Polyn was one of nine people selected for the US – ICOMOS International Exchange Program.  In the summer of 2018 she worked with the Preservation Institute of Nantucket and the University of Florida to carry out a Historic Houses Inventory and documentation project in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Brianna Kuperavage (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17)
is working as an architectural designer at Ralph C Fey Architects in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The firm works with a variety of commercial and residential projects.  Some projects deal with historic properties and reuse schemes.

Molly Rockhold (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) is Project Coordinator at iX Construction in Long Island City.  She has worked with the quality control team and project managers to develop projects and to coordinate mechanical contracting through all stages, and she has overseen international renovation projects for both low-income families and high-end residences and coordinated the principal phases of a 51-story hotel project in Times Square.

Jasber Singh (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17) is Director of Operations at the New York-based design/build firm MADE, which has an expansive portfolio of restoration and gut renovation projects in historic West Village and Brooklyn townhouses.  Jasber works on Landmark Preservation Commission applications for many of these projects, and in 2018 she lectured to Parsons School students about the design process of her work at MADE.  Jasber is also working on interactive Google map of NYC’s midtown modern buildings for the DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State Midtown Modern Project.

Selina Cheah (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’18) will begin the M.L.A. PennDesign program at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

Julia Drayson (B.A. Art History ’18) writes:  “I started a full time job in January at The Willem de Kooning Foundation as Assistant to the Executive Director, after interning there for several months.  Currently I am assisting with the gathering and processing of various archival and research materials while also assisting with educational, exhibition and loan initiatives.  I enjoy my work very much and get to develop my research skills and understanding of the larger art world while deepening my knowledge of Willem de Kooning and his incredible body of work!”

Luming Guan (B.A. Art History ’18) will begin the M.A. program in Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University this fall.

Baylee McKeel (B.A. Art History ’18) sends this news:  “I recently accepted a full time position as a researcher and gallery assistant at Galerie Gmurzynska and have received a deferred acceptance to the Courtauld Institute of Art for an MA in the History of Art in 2020.”  Baylee’s research interests lie in the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Italy and Spain. She is also interested in the dissemination of artistic and cultural influence and the societal consequences of these influences.

Madelaine Momot (M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’18) was the recipient of the Gavin Stamp Memorial Award from the Program for Historical and Sustainable Architecture for her M.A. thesis.

Mia Shlovsky (B.A. Art History ’18) will begin the Courtauld Institute’s History of Art M.A. this fall.  She will be studying as part of the “New York-London-Paris 1860-1940” option with Professor David Peters Corbett.

Peiyuan Sun (B.A. Art History ’18) will begin the M.A. program in Conservation and Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts this fall.

Marcelo Yañez (B.A. Art History ’18) has been living since graduation in Berlin, where he is working as an archivist for the artist AA Bronson, helping Bronson to organize his papers and photographs in preparation for a retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada on the work of General Idea.  Marcelo writes, “In the fall I’m moving to California to begin PhD coursework at Stanford University in the Department of Art and Art History.  I’ll be studying American art with Richard Meyer and Marci Kwon.”

Jiayu Zhu (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’18) will begin the double M.A. Programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley this fall.





4 Dec



Bahareh Khoshooee. #EVERCHANGINGFACADE, 2018
Mixed media. Video projection; Color, sound

Join us at this week at NADA MIAMI BEACH 

Located at Booth 7.05, the gallery will be featuring a new installation by Bahareh Khoshooee: #EVERCHANGINGFACADE

For more information click here

NADA Miami Beach

December 6–9, 2018 

Ice Palace Studios

1400 N Miami Ave

Miami, FL 33136

For inquiries please contact the gallery at

Workshop by Department of Art History alumna Dr. Anne Feng (Art History ’10) this Friday, November 30th, 6:30 PM at the Institute of Fine Arts

26 Nov


Anne Feng
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Harvard University
Water, Ice, Lapis Lazuli: 
Metamorphosis of the Pure Land Tableau in the Tang Dynasty
The discussion will be moderated by Wen-shing Chou, Hunter College
Friday, November 30th at 6:30 pm

Seminar Room, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th street, NYC
Reception to follow
Institute of Fine Arts
The James B. Duke House
1 E 78th Street,
New York, NY 10075
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Alumni News, Fall 2018, with a tribute to Tom McNulty

5 Nov

The response to our call for alumni news this fall was spectacular!  Greatest thanks to all of the Art History, Urban Design & Architecture Studies, and Historical & Sustainable Architecture alumni who responded, and congratulations on your many and splendid achievements!  We hope to hear from more of you for our next Alumni News round-up, which we’ll post sometime in Spring 2019.  Hearty thanks, too, to Professors Carol Krinsky and Jon Ritter, who provided news about some of our distinguished alumni with whom they keep in touch.  Please send updates or corrections to with a copy to

First, it is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of long-time Fine Arts Librarian at Bobst and distinguished Department of Art History alumnus, Tom McNulty (1955-2018) (B.A. Fine Arts ’70s; M.A., NYU, ’84; M.L.S., Queens College, CUNY, ’94).  “Tom was a great friend of the Department of Art History, always helpful and kind to faculty and students alike — a wonderful librarian and an enthusiastic supporter of our work as scholars and teachers,” noted Acting Chair of Art History Louise Rice.  Professor Carol Krinsky, who taught Tom, described him as “a memorable student,” while Professor Pepe Karmel characterized him as “an essential part of art history at NYU, and a delightful human being with a sly sense of humor.”  Many of us, including Professors Miriam Basilio, Jon Ritter, and Kathryn Smith, invited Tom to visit our courses to introduce our students to the newest resources for research and to help them develop their research skills, or sent students to see him for help identifying appropriate sources for term papers and honors theses.  For Department of Art History Librarian Audrey Christensen-Tai, Tom was a wonderful “mentor,” “ally,” and “colleague in librarianship.”

Tom McNulty was an extraordinarily energetic person who wore many professional hats.  He was the library liaison for users with disabilities at NYU for many years, and authored Accessible Libraries on Campus: A Practical Guide for the Creation of Disability-Friendly Libraries (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1999).  Additionally, Tom worked as an appraiser:  from 1989 he served as a consultant researcher/appraiser for the firm O’Toole-Ewald Art Associates, specializing in twentieth-century art.  He was Adjunct Professor of Art Market Research at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (NY) from 2006-09, a contributor to the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies, and the author of Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources (2nd ed. Jefferson, NC:  McFarland, 2014), which, as Audrey Christensen-Tai notes, is available as an ebook on Ebook Central.  You may read a short piece about Tom that appeared in the Washington Square News a few years ago. Tom will be greatly missed by all of us.

Bobst Library is planning a memorial service for Tom McNulty for December 12th at 4:30 PM in Hemmerdinger Hall, ground floor of Silver Center.

01 Tom McNulty by Ilona Tuominen

Tom McNulty, photo by Ilona Tuominen


Vivian Awner (B.A., Fine Arts, ’70s) visited Cuba earlier this year.  She also participated in a celebration commemorating the 1978 Supreme Court case that established the validity of landmarking, particularly in relation to Grand Central Terminal.  The decision is generally known as the Penn Central decision.  Organized by Adrian Untermyer (Metropolitan Studies ’11; M.A. Public Administration, Wagner ’15), the celebration included a commemorative cake and was attended by a group of dedicated preservationists as well as former Landmarks Preservation Commission chairmen and members.

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Vivian Awner celebrating the Penn Central decision

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Adrian Untermyer and friends celebrating the Penn Central decision


Suzanne O’Keefe (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ca. ’70) received her architecture degree from Columbia and worked in various capacities for public and private entities with the mission of improving New York City, especially Lower Manhattan.  She and her husband Douglas Martin, a retired staff writer at The New York Times, recently attended the wedding of one of her two sons in the Romanesque church of Sant’ Ambrogio in Milan.

Nancy Ruddy (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’70s) is a partner in the increasingly prominent architectural firm of Cetra-Ruddy.  She attended architecture school at the City University of New York and has since then been in private practice with her husband, John Cetra.  Among their many activities, they sponsor a program in a public school in the Bronx that teaches children about architecture in a broad sense and reinforces classroom instruction in math, social studies, and the arts.

Julie L Sloan (B.A., Fine Arts ’80), a prominent conservator of stained glass, delivered a lecture in a multi-day symposium on American stained glass.  She joined specialist historians, conservators, and museum curators as part of the 20th conference on Arts and Crafts.  Some of our graduates will remember when Julie gave them a tour of the restoration work she supervised for the stained glass at St. Thomas’ Church here in New York.  Professor Smith took that wonderful tour and learned a huge amount from it.

 Matthew Person (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’82 or thereabouts) sent this news: “I am about to celebrate twenty years as the periodicals librarian of the library of the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a library founded in 1888.  Caring for a 300,000-volume physical collection and thousands of electronic subscriptions has its rhythms, and occasional highlights … most distinguished of which was speaking on collections digitization at a the 9th Digital History and Philosophy of Science conference at the Library of Cambridge University, in 2010.  This past summer another milestone challenge came my way when His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Woods Hole.  The last reigning monarch to visit our institutions was the marine biologist Emperor Hirohito of Japan, in 1975.

“The visit of Prince Albert coincided with the announcement of the Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation awarding of a grant to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) for the development of a Marine animal database of genomic information, called SeaBase.  The MBLWHOI Library was called upon to create an exhibit to present to Prince Albert II, based upon the life’s work of his great grandfather, HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922), who was a pioneering oceanographer.  I had become familiar with the turn-of-the-twentieth-century polar exploration work of Albert I during previous visits of the Prince Albert II Foundation to Woods Hole.

“For Prince Albert II’s visit this past July, my colleague and I presented the volumes of Prince Albert I to his great grandson…and while we were pretty excited and nervous about the whole thing, the Prince was extremely warm and cordial.  The event was a success!

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Matthew Person and Prince Albert II


Erika Naginski (B.A., Fine Arts ’87; Ph.D., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, ’97) was named the first Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Architectural History earlier this year.  Erika joined the Harvard University Graduate School of Design faculty in 2007 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 2013.  She was appointed the Director of Doctoral Programs in 2014.

Erika’s contributions to the architecture curriculum at Harvard, specifically in the areas of architectural history and theory, have been significant.  She has taught several modules in the Department of Architecture’s foundational history and theory sequence, Building, Texts, and Contexts, and her advanced courses, which serve all the departments of the GSD, are both historically focused seminars and thematic courses which allow her to treat Baroque and Enlightenment material in relation to modern theoretical purviews.  Her transdisciplinary approach, seen in courses such as Shapes of Utopia, attracts students to historical material while also inspiring their design projects.

Before joining the GSD faculty, Erika taught in the Architecture Department at MIT and in the Art History Department at the University of Michigan.  She has been a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University as well as a research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte.  She serves on the editorial board of Res.  Erika was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2007.

Erika’s books and edited volumes include The Return of Nature: Sustaining Architecture in the Face of Sustainability (2014), co-edited with Preston Scott Cohen, Sculpture and Enlightenment (2009), Polemical Objects (2004), and Writing on Drawing (2000) for the journal Representations, with essays addressing the collision of semiotics and mimesis in drawing practices as they emerge in art, architecture, and science.

(NOTE: this material is an excerpt, with minor modifications, of a recent Harvard press release.)

Jongwoo Jeremy Kim (B.A., Fine Arts ’98; Ph.D. NYU, Institute of Fine Arts ’06) began a new position this fall as Associate Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.  Jongwoo has relocated to Pittsburgh and is excited be working with CMU’s BFA and MFA students.  Previously Jongwoo taught in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville.  Jongwoo is the author of Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities Ashgate, 2012; pbk 2016) and co-editor (with Christopher Reed) of the anthology, Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2017) Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2017), among other publications.  Many members of the Department of Art History faculty remember Jongwoo as an outstanding student and as an equally outstanding recitation leader.

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Jongwoo Kim


Sarah Zames (née Lawlor) (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’00) sent this news:  “General Assembly, the architecture and interiors firm that I founded in 2010, recently had its Shelter Island Pool House project featured in featured in T Magazine’s Design Issue. ”

Lydia Mattice Brandt (B.A., Fine Arts ’04; Ph.D., Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia), an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, is undertaking a sabbatical year to work on a new book on the image of the plantation in popular American architecture.  She has fellowships at Winterthur Museum and Gardens this November and will be at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this spring.  Mount Vernon has also recently launched a new website for the research from her first book, First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the American Imagination (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016).  Mount Vernon Everywhere! uses crowdsourcing to track “replicas” of Washington’s famous plantation house.

Julie Ann Engh (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’05) earned the Harry B. Rutkins Award from the AIA (American Institute of Architects), New York Chapter.

Tamara Eaton (B.A., Fine Arts/Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’06) sends this news:  “Tamara Eaton Design was featured in a beautiful design book, New York Living, published by Rizzoli last year.  The renovated Park Slope townhouse had a large spread in the book and complimented Tamara’s growing portfolio.” Architectural Digest also featured a Tribeca loft that Tamara’s firm designed.  Tamara lectured at NYSID on women in design as part of the citywide Archtober (a month-long architecture and design program).

Marica Antonucci (B.A., Art History/French, ’09) earned an M.A. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University, where she specializes in postwar European art.  This year she is a predoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana-Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, as part of the “Rome Contemporary” research initiative.

Ksenia Nouril (née Yachmetz, B.A., Art History, ’09) successfully defended her dissertation, “The Afterlives of Communism: The Historical Turn in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe” in the Department of Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in September 2018.  She is a co-editor of and contributor to Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology, published by The Museum of Modern Art in August 2018.

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Alexander Kauffman (B.A., Art History ’10; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania ’17) is the Andrew W. Mellon-Anne d’Harnoncourt Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  At the PMA, he co-curated the exhibition The Duchamp Family, on view until August 2019. In January, he curated a thematic re-installation of Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum, focused on the sculptor’s designs for public monuments, on view until December 2021.  Recent writing appears in the exhibition catalogues The Essential Duchamp and Marcel Duchamp: 100 Questions. 100 Answers, and in the essay collection Frederick Kiesler: Face to Face with the Avant-Garde.

Samantha Irvine (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’11) is part of the heritage planning team at ERA Architecture in Toronto, where she manages projects that impact culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes.  She has a special interest in the role that heritage plays in city building and is committed to creating opportunities for historic buildings to enrich urban development.  Before returning to Toronto, Samantha led North American projects for the Clear Village Charitable Trust in London; before that she was Graduate Fellow in Sustainable Urbanism at the Prince’s Foundation.

Christina Smith (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’11) has been Executive Director of Groundwork Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT, her hometown) since January 2016 and serves on Bridgeport’s City Council representing the 130th District.  Read her profilecontact page, and a profile article.

Cecil Barnes (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12) is Project Designer at Bernard Schumer Architects in New York.  Cecil went on to earn his M.Arch. degree from Columbia University after completing our program.  Like others who have pursued professional degrees after our M.A., Cecil found that his foundation in preservation and sustainability helped inform his design practice in graduate school and beyond.

Alicia Caticha (B.A., Art History ’12) sent this news:  “I am so pleased to tell you that I have a forthcoming publication in Material Fictions, a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, guest-edited by Michael Yonan.  My article, “’Neither Poets, Painters, nor Sculptors’: Classical Mimesis and the Art of Female Hairdressing in Eighteenth-Century France,” will be published in the Winter 2019 issue.  I am also excited to let you know that I have been awarded the 2018-2020, 24-month Chester Dale Pre-doctoral fellowship at the Center of Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC). Thanks to this generous support I am completing my dissertation research in France this academic year.”

Chad Rochkind (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12) is Director of Detroit’s Human Scale Studio, an internationally recognized strategy firm focused primarily on urbanism and social impact.  Human Scale Studio works with innovative groups in Detroit and across the country to bring people-centric solutions to cities, neighborhoods, and social impact organizations.  Chad’s work with Human Scale Studio has been recognized with a number of awards, including the YBCA list (in 2017) YBCA 100 list, Metropolis Magazine’s “10 New Talents,” The Knight Cities Challenge, and Emerging Cities Champions.  A documentary that Chad produced a about some of his work in Detroit was selected for the Free Press Film Festival.  Learn more about Human Scale Studio.

Heather Shimmin (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12) is currently working as a review coordinator for Shutterstock in New York City.  She recently collaborated on the book Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops, a guidebook to publicly accessible rooftops in New York City, from bars and restaurants to a trapeze school and a tennis court.  She is working now with the same team to publish another book on New York City rooftops.  Heather wrote her M.A. thesis on London rooftops, so she is delighted to continue this interest in her professional work.

Joey Steigelman (B.A., Art History ’12) is an Associate Vice President, Object Research Manager and Product Lead in the Post-War & Contemporary Art department at Christie’s.  She was recently appointed as an Advisory Board Member to the Design Thinking Program at Rutgers University.  Joey’s artwork is currently on view in a group exhibition at Gallery 55.

Marlee Busching Truscott (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’12) is Assistant Project Manager at the Hudson Companies Inc.  Previously she worked at Town & Gardens, Ltd., where she reviewed and negotiated contracts, managed sub-contractors and tracked job profitability.  Prior to that, she worked for five years in the design-build landscape industry in New York City.  Read profile

Mary Dewar (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’13) has worked since graduation at PDP London as a designer focusing primarily on projects within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  These ranged in scale from small building refurbishment to large-scale masterplan and detailed design across six sites in Chelsea.  A particular favorite from the past four years was developing detailed design of the reinstatement of eleven grade II listed townhouses in Chelsea, restoring the townhouses after decades of modification and use after they were chopped up into multiple occupation residences.  Other projects of note have included adaptive reuse of a listed fire station; the large-scale redevelopment of a significant portion of the King’s Road, including an Art Deco cinema; and premium new-build townhouses in the large-scale redevelopment of the historic Chelsea Barracks site.  Read profile 

Michael Hall (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’13) is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Architectural History at the University of Kent, Canterbury, School of Architecture.  Before entering this program, Michael was Special Events Manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the Philip Johnson Glass House, and he served as Director of Preservation for Friends of Upper East Side Historic Districts.

Despina Parpas (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’13) is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at the University of Cyprus.  Her research focuses on identifying variables determining successful adaptive reuse, using econometric analysis to investigate economic, environmental and social criteria contributing to successful rehabilitation.  She participates in conferences and publications, including as a director of the Cyprus Architectural Association 2017 Summer Workshop.  Learn more about the Cyprus Architectural Association 2017 Summer Workshop

Nicole Sutton (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’13) works at Malcolm Fryer Architects (London), where she focuses on adaptive reuse and historic fabric and repair-based conservation work.  For the last couple of years, she has focused on the Coal Drops at Kings Cross and which topped out last fall.  Each summer, Nicole gives visiting lectures for the Built Heritage Conservation Training program at Banffy Castle in Transylvania.  Last year, she presented on the Properties of Lime.  Read profile

Mu-Chieh Yun (B.A., Art History/SCA ’13) co-founded with her good friend Iliana Panameño We, Ceremony, a digital platform that uses storytelling to empower women of color.  Mu-Chieh writes, “At WC, we conduct interviews and organize events in Boston to discuss race, identity, and various social issues as an effort to create accurate and meaningful representations of our communities.  Iliana and I are brainstorming ideas to increase WC’s visibility and impact, and we are interested in starting a college tour to share our mission and programming across different campuses.”

Alexandro Bello (B.A. Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’14; M.A. Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’15) is working as an assistant architect for AKI Development in Astoria, NY.  Graffiti House, their first development, has won awards from the Queens Chamber of Commerce for Interior Design and Landscaping. Since then the firm has taken on about twenty job sites mostly in Astoria, one of which is currently under construction.  Alexandro writes, “Unfortunately we are currently knocking down buildings more than preserving them but I suppose I need to learn about the job somewhere and this is a good place for me to start.”

Kathleen Bowens (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’14) currently works as a Preservationist at the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission.  After graduation from our program, Kathleen worked at Winterthur House and Gardens as the Historical Preservationist for the property.  This included everything from working on adaptive reuse projects (the Hawke Conference Center) to researching building and landscape history.  Read more about the Historic Landscape Part of Preservation Project at Winterthur

Ximena Perez (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’14) has worked most recently with Sotheby’s Hong Kong to promote the importance of the Grade II listed Liverpool Produce Exchange to international investors.  She worked closely with architects and clients to communicate the special features of the historic property, which is about to be completed — you may find more details in the book Ximena produced here:
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Kurt Garrison (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’15) has been working as a freelance writer and designer at Vida Design in Pittsburgh since graduating from our program.  This spring he will teach a new course, Pittsburgh Architecture & Sustainability, at the Community College of Allegheny.

Valerie Itteilag (B.A., Art History ’15) sent this news:  “I am now studying for an M.A. in Interior Design, part of the Architecture Department, at Royal College of Art (RCA) in London!  The semester just started and I am beginning to get my feet wet with projects and critiques.  I am currently working on a project about ‘Walls’ and what they are, how we experience them, etc.  See attached video for a beautiful view of my studio space in London.”


Layo Olayiwola (B.A., Art History ’15) writes from London, her hometown, that she has graduated from her Master’s program at Oxford and is currently working toward qualifying as a lawyer.  She has just been elected to the board of the Contemporary Art Society and says that she is “very excited about the role and is glad to have the opportunity to advise an impactful organization.”

Nicolette Sanfilippo (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’15) works at Stok in San Francisco, developing strategic sustainability goals for real estate portfolios.  She uses a holistic approach to identify sustainability solutions addressing life-cycle impacts for energy, water, waste, and healthy materials. Building on her experience on our program, Nicolette has developed expertise in energy assessment and rating systems including LEED and other green and healthy building rating systems.
 Read profile

Maia Smillie (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’15) is pursuing an M.Sc. in International Planning in University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture.

Re’al Christian (B.A., Art History / Communications ‘16) is now pursuing her Master’s in Art History at Hunter College.  Earlier this year she began working at CAA (formerly the College Art Association), where she assists in the planning of the Annual Conference, conference publications, institutional outreach, and academic initiatives.  Re’al also works as an independent writer, with recent and forthcoming publications in Art PapersArt in America, and Art in Print.

Natalie Covill (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture studies ’16) is pursuing an M.A. in Global Environmental Policy at American University.

James Crandall (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’16) is pursuing an M.Arch. at the University of Southern California.

Jialun Li (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’16) is pursing an M.Arch. at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rachel Robinson (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’16) is Director of Preservation at the Providence Preservation Society in Rhode Island.  She was formerly Executive Director of the Vieux Carre Commission Foundation and Felicity Redevelopment Inc., in New Orleans.
 Read more

Yiren Shen (B.A., Art History ’16) sends this news:  “After I graduated from NYU in December,2016 and completed my internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in August 2017, I relocated to England.  I’m now pursing an M.Sc in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at University of Oxford.  Meanwhile, I’m working for Heni, an art service company in London as Chinese Art Researcher.  We recently launched Heni Talks last night at the National Gallery, London. This website shares insights about art history from leading artists, curators and academics on film. We hope that in this digital age, we can make art more accessible to the general public through the internet.  After all, art history is not an elite subject:  it’s about ways of seeing the world and ourselves, which leads to more understanding. Heni Talks is also a great resource for art history students.”  The videos can be accessed here.

Monica Bacon (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17) is Historic Buildings Specialist for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii.

Ryan Cameron (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ‘17) writes, “I have been working for a company called MacRostie Historic Advisors in Boston since August.  I came on to help out with some research and photo layups as they approached a Massachusetts Historic Tax Credit deadline and ended up staying on in an independent contractor (glorified intern) sort of role.”  Recently Ryan was offered a Junior Associate position at MacRostie.

Polyn Gonzalez (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17) works in the Chilean Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Heritage, focusing on sustainable conservation of historic architecture.  She also taught a course on architectural preservation and adaptive reuse, Heritage I, at the University of Viña del Mar.  This year she will join the Europe Workshop, accompanying the class to Europe for site workshops in March 2019.  Polyn is delighted to pass on to Chilean students many of the techniques and insights she learned on our M.A. program.  From May to August 2018, Polyn was assigned to Nantucket Massachusetts as an Intern in the Preservation Institute of Nantucket to carry out a Historic Houses Inventory and documentation project along with the University of Florida.  This opportunity was made possible through the International Exchange program of US / ICOMOS, 9. 
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Kelly Marker (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’17) is Real Estate Development Project Manager at Isles, Inc.  Her main project is working on adapting an old mill in Hamilton, NJ for new uses.  After graduating from our program, Kelly served as Fundraising and Development Intern at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust before returning to the U.S.  She is now pursuing an M.Sc. in International Development at University College London. 
 Learn more about The Prince’s Regeneration Trust

Xiaoli Shirley Pan (B.A., Art History ’17) began the concentrated Masters in Religion and the Arts (visual arts) in Yale University’s Divinity School this fall.  The degree that she will receive upon completion is an M.A. in Religion, with a concentration in Religion and the Arts.  Her advisors are Professor Sally Promey, who works principally on American art and religion, and Professor Vasileios Marinis, who focuses on earlier Byzantine art and architecture.

Anna Siftar (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) began her studies in NYU’s M.A. Historical and Sustainable Architecture Program this fall.

Danielle Stiefel (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) began her studies toward the M.Arch at UCLA this fall.

Jiawei (Jerry) He (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17), who studying architecture at Princeton, sent this news:  “I had a great trip back to Rome including to the Palatino for the first time… and checked out some works of Luigi Moretti, whom I was writing about for a course last semester.  I also went to Venezia and finally saw Carlo Stampa’s Olivetti Store and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, in addition to the Biennale Architettura.  Soon afterwards I started my internship in an independent architecture office here in Shanghai, and have been involved in both design and research projects so far.  Coincidentally, I’ve just been reading some old articles on historic preservation in Hangzhou and Shanghai…”

Julia Katz (B.A., Art History ’17) reports happily from the University of Delaware that she has embarked on her M.A. thesis research, and expects to be a teaching assistant during the coming year.

Luming Guan (B.A., Art History ’18) sent this news:  “I spent this past summer attending the immersive language program for German at Middlebury College and had a wonderful time there.  Students of various majors (comparative literature, philosophy, medieval studies, and art history of course) came to the program, and everyone took a pledge to speak and read in German only.  I was placed in Stufe 2 and took courses in Grammatik, Landeskunde, and Literatur.  Interesting pieces I read in class include Ludwig Tieck’s Die Elfen, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs’ Manor, and Kurt Schwitters’ An Anna Blume, in addition to those German schools staples such as Borchert’s Das Brot and Dürrenmatt’s Der Besuch der alten Dame.  In the program, there were plenty of activities that kept us occupied:  various clubs and film screening events took place during weekdays, and on weekend a Wandern group led students to explore the beautiful Vermont landscape.  I joined the chorus and learned songs ranging from Josef Rheinberger’s “Abendlied” to Brahms’ “Rede, Mädchen” and Lennon’s “Stell dir vor” (“Imagine”).  After the program, I returned to the city and resumed my internship at the Grey Art Gallery.”

010 Middlebury College comapus, Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College campus, Middlebury, VT

011 Middlebury College campus, Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College campus, Middlebury, VT


Madelaine Momot (M.A., Historical & Sustainable Architecture ’18) earned a scholarship award from the Keepers Preservation Education Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
 Learn more about Maine Community Foundation

Mathilde van Tulder (B.A., Urban Design & Architecture Studies/Global Liberal Studies ’18) sent this news:  “After graduation, I started a job as the Marketing Coordinator at MEIS Architects located here in New York City!  We are a small office of under 25 people and are focused mostly on sports and entertainments venues. Currently, we are designing the new Everton FC Stadium in the UK, a new MLS Stadium in Cincinnati and AS Roma’s new stadium, Stadio Della Roma, in Rome, Italy.  While I never imagined myself working in this particular niche of the industry, I feel like I am learning so much every day through just being around my team of talented co-workers, sitting in on meetings, and attending industry events. Being the only ‘non-architect’ in the office, I am really privileged to be getting so much exposure to the industry.  Eventually, I do hope to go back to school and pursue an architecture or design masters degree. ”






Brooklyn Rail Interview with Artist, Diana Thater, DAH Alumna/Student of Edward Sullivan

13 Sep



Installation view, Diana Thater, ICA Watershed, Boston, 2018. Photo: Kerry McFate. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.


Portrait of Diana Thater, pencil on paper by Phong Bui.



12 Sep

The NY State Democratic primary is on Thursday, September 13!

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From Ksenia Nouril (née Yachmetz) (B.A. Art History, ’09)

10 Sep

Dear friends,

I am pleased to announce the publication of Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology, which I edited with Ana Janevski and Roxana Marcoci. It is a indispensible reader presenting a selection of the period’s key voices and new critical perspectives. More information on the book, which was just published in August 2018 by The Museum of Modern Art in New York and distributed by Duke Univeristy Press, is avilable here.

Please, join us for a launch event at MoMA on September 26 to celebrate its publication!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art

The Celeste Bartos Theater
4 West 54 Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues)
New York, NY 10019

Admission is free, with seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis. RVSP required. RSVP here.

This event celebrates the launch of Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology, which takes the political changes during the pivotal years between 1989 and 1991 as its starting point, reflecting on the disintegration of socialist states across Central and Eastern Europe and its impact on art, theory, and criticism over the last 30 years. This book is the product of 10 years of C-MAP research initiatives at The Museum of Modern Art in the fields of Central and Eastern European art and theoretical studies, and its launch brings together the anthology’s editors with distinguished contributors.

  • Introductory remarks by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, Department of Photography, and C-MAP Leader for Central and Eastern Europe, MoMA
  • Keynote by philosopher and cultural theorist Boris Buden
  • Roundtable with Claire Bishop, Professor of Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Boris Buden; and artist Alexandra Pirici. Introduced by Ksenia Nouril, former C-MAP Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe, and moderated by Ana Janevski, Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA
  • Lecture-performance by Slavs and Tatars
  • Audience Q&A with all participants and editors

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the social and political transformations that followed, from Bucharest to Prague to Moscow, marked a significant moment when artists were able to publicly reassess their histories and to question the opposition between East and West that defined the Cold War era. Featuring key voices that span the post-transition period, from the early 1990s to the present, this book makes an indispensable contribution to our understanding of modern and contemporary art from the region, with particular focus on the work of a new generation of artists, scholars, and curators who offer fresh perspectives while rewriting their own histories.