Geoff Tortora is Awarded a Violet!

8 May



Join us in congratulating our outstanding Administrative Aide, Geoffrey Tortora. Geoff was awarded a Violet  at a luncheon at the Torch Club last Friday, April 28. He is one of 12 awardees from across the university. Administrative and clerical staff were eligible to be nominated. The selection committee chose the recipients based on the following competencies and values:

  • Integrity – Taking personal accountability to uphold ethical standards; building trusting relationships through honesty, openness, fairness, and candor; and living up to commitments
  • Respect – Demonstrating a genuine appreciation for others, valuing diversity by treating everyone with high regard and consideration for their individual differences as well as maintaining the highest level of professionalism when working with others through challenging issues
  • Customer Focus – Providing an excellent level of service to both internal and external customers, identifying and responding to current and future client needs
  • Teamwork – Working effectively within and across departments; collaborating with others to achieve common goals; and listening and communicating in a way that respects and supports others
  • Adaptability – Adjusting your own behavior to work efficiently and effectively in light of new information, changing situations, and/or different environments

Department of Art History Faculty and Alumni in The Art Bulletin

3 May


 The Department of Art History is well represented in the most recent number of The Art Bulletin – vol. 99, no. 1 (March 2017), published last month.

In it, you’ll see articles by Department of Art History faculty member Meredith Martin and two Department of Art History alumni: Caroline Fowler (B.A. Art History ’05), who earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Princeton in 2012, and Alexander Kauffman (B. A. Art History ’10), who is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, completing a dissertation on Marcel Duchamp and the moving image.

Meredith Martin, “History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors” (pp. 97-127)

Caroline O. Fowler, “Res Papirea: Mantegna’s Paper Things” (pp. 8-35)

Alexander Kauffman, “The Anemic Cinemas of Marcel Duchamp” (pp. 128-159)

The Art Bulletin, the journal of record for American art historians, is published by the College Art Association of America, the flagship American scholarly society in the discipline.

Be sure to check it out!



Christopher Gray Memorial

27 Apr


From the Fine Arts Society

26 Apr

Our last events of the semester are coming up in a few weeks, so here is a rundown of everything we have planned:

Join us on Sunday, April 30th at 1pm for
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985
at the Brooklyn Museum

Focusing on the work of black women artists, this exhibition examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.  It is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color–distinct from the primarily white, middle-class mainstream feminist movement–in order to reorient conversations about race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history in this significant historical period.

The Fine Arts Society & Department of Art History
are holding a two-part symposium on May 2nd and May 3rd from 6:30-8pm inSilver Room 300
Intersectionality and Social Responsibility: Approaching a Globalized Art World

The symposium was conceived as an opportunity for professors and students to discuss issues surrounding the state of the increasingly globalized art world and the many political and socio-cultural issues that come with it.  The goal is to discuss basic philosophical issues regarding defining art in a Western and non-Western context (including the curatorial and museological concerns surrounding these issues) in the first session. The second session will center around more political strategies for rising art-world leaders.
We feel that given the current political climate and the possibility of the elimination of the NEA and NEH, this symposium will serve as a constructive and community-building event for the Department of Art History.  We also encourage any questions, comments or concerns regarding the sensitive topics and nature of the event.

Finally, tomorrow April 27th at 6:30pm in Silver Room 301
Nancy Turner, Conservator of Manuscripts,
from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
will be presenting a lecture
Mechanisms of Workshop Practice in Italian Trecento Illumination:
Communication, Emulation, Collaboration, Speed

She will be speaking about her career conserving the 14th-century Italian manuscripts in the Getty Museum’s collection.  If you are interested in conservation, technical art history, workshop practices, Late Medieval or Early Renaissance art, don’t miss this!


Become an Editor for Ink & Image!

26 Apr

Deadline of May 5!!

You are warmly invited to apply to be one of three editors of Ink & Image, our department’s scholarly journal of original art historical scholarship. They will be selecting articles for publication next spring.  Editors should feel confident about their own writing skills because they will be helping authors to clarify their essays if any clarification is needed. Editors will take responsibility for shepherding the material through the press, clearing the rights to print photographs, and dealing with the student council and the publication’s budget. Editing a serious academic journal is likely to be an excellent credential for various future jobs.  Send a letter of application including  courses taken in art history,  classics, and history, your GPA in art history, a paragraph explaining your interest in being an editor, and any previous experience of editing that you have had, e.g. on a high school yearbook or newspaper, or on a publication here at NYU or at another college.  Send your message to Prof. Krinsky, the faculty supervisor, at, who will confer with the present editors.

Through Being Cool: The Music Videos of Mark Mothersbaugh and DEVO

24 Apr

unnamed-14unnamed-25DEVO, DEVO: The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, 1993. Laserdisc with cover.
Courtesy the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. © DEVO, Inc.

Monday, May 1, 6:30 pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (at 3rd Ave. and 9th St.)

From In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976) to Whip It(1980) and beyond, Jesse Bransford, Chair of Art & Art Professions, NYU, will screen and provide commentary on selections from DEVO’s groundbreaking music videos, the earliest of which predate not only MTV, but also the band’s studio recordings.

Organized by NYU’s Department of Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt), and co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema Studies (TSOA) and Grey Art Gallery.

Free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings. All programs subject to change.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery April 26July 15, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please

A Challenge or a Gift? Conserving the Original Building Materials of Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies

24 Apr

Kenneth Itle, Associate Principal and Kyle Normandin, Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 pm
New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

Situated on a Southern California bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1965) is one of architect Louis Kahn’s most recognized works. The prefabricated, teak window assemblies and concrete walls of the studies and offices flanking the Institute’s plaza define this distinctive complex. After fifty years in an exposed marine environment, however, the building complex has shown signs of deterioration and weathering to a non-uniform appearance. Rather than continuing short-term repairs and treatments to address the condition of the complex, the Salk Institute decided to develop a conservation-based plan for repairs, to manage these issues on a long-term basis.

In 2014, the Salk Institute engaged Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates, Inc. (WJE), to lead the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Salk Institute. In conjunction with development of the CMP, WJE designed a preservation program for the teak window wall assemblies, to improve their structural and weatherproofing performance. In 2015, WJE evaluated the assemblies to understand their structure, materials, and performance, and to assess appropriate levels of intervention. Building upon initial research and studies conducted by the Getty Conservation Institute, WJE customized and designed detailed repair approaches and developed construction documents to implement a preservation program aligned with the CMP. This program permitted WJE to retain the original window assemblies, which are critical to the site’s cultural significance. Construction of this work is scheduled to be completed in April 2017. As part of this preservation program, WJE has also assisted the Salk Institute to develop protocols for repair of localized concrete deterioration.

This lecture examines the decision-making processes that led to the selection of appropriate intervention for various types of repair and conservation work at the Salk Institute, focusing on the teak window wall assemblies and the concrete, as well as how the CMP informed these decisions.

Event flyer available here:

Sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter, and the NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies.

–Free and Open to the Public–