Chika Okeke-Agulu, Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "Power and the Artistic Imagination in the Work of Gani Odutokun and Obiora Udechukwu," at Nigeria 2007: Political, Social and Economic Transitions, An International Conference, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, November 2-4, 2006.
Elizabeth J. Walters, Associate Professor of Art History, presented a paper on "Hierakonpolis, Alexandria, and Athens: Women in the Cult of Isis" at the international symposium Roads and Relations, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary, November 20-22, 2006. The proceedings will be published in Aegyptus et Pannonia Symposium IV.
Johnathan Farris, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History, presented a paper, "Thirteen Factories of Canton: An Architecture of Sino-Western Collaboration and Confrontation, " at the joint meeting of the Southeastern College Art Association and the Mid-America College Art Association, held at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, October 25-28, 2006.
Craig Zabel, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Art History, and Interim Dean for Undergraduate Studies & Outreach, spoke on a panel entitled Campus Design Today: Engaging the 21st Century Student, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, on October 19, 2006. The moderator was Adam Gross of Ayers Saint Gross Architects. The three members of the panel were Stan Allen (Dean, School of Architecture, Princeton University), Michael Van Valkenburgh (Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University), and Craig Zabel (Penn State). This panel is part of a Rutgers lecture series to complement the University's design competition for A Vision for the College Avenue Campus:http://designcompetition.rutgers.edu/gallery.html Also visit: http://www.policy.rutgers.edu/news/events.html
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Assistant Professor of Art History, participated and presented in a Curatorial Workshop sponsored by the Biacs Foundation at the Second International Beinnial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Spain, October 25-27, 2006.
"Curran Honored with Excellence in Teaching Award" For full story, please visit:http://www.artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/newsletter/fa06/p03.html#curran
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "Beyond Localism: Obiora Udechukwu and the Articulation of Modern Uli," at the conference Power and Nationalism in Africa, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, September 22-24, 2006.
Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, taught a seminar on Late Antique and Byzantine ivories at the British Museum, London, on August 17, 2006. He also organized and chaired a sub-section on "Fakes" in a session on "The Future of the Past" at the 21st International Byzantine Congress, at the University of London, August 20-27. Professor Cutler presented a paper on "Fakes in Practice and Theory" in his session.
Craig Zabel, Head of the Department of Art History, has accepted the appointment as interim associate dean for undergraduate studies and outreach for the College of Arts and Architecture, effective July 1. Dr. Zabel joined the art history faculty in 1985, and since 1996, has served as department head. He will continue to serve as the department head of art history while serving as the interim associate dean.
Elizabeth Bradford Smith, associate professor of art history. For the full story, check Penn State Live athttp://live.psu.edu/story/18346
Dr. Charlotte Houghton presented a paper, "Eros and Erasure in Michelangelo's London Entombment," and was the co-organizer of a double session Homoeroticism in Early Modern Visual Culture at the annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America March 23-25, 2006, in San Francisco.
Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art Hisitory presented the Aga Khan lecture on, " Ivory Carving in Medieval Islam," at the Sackler Museum, Harvard University, April 20, 2006. Professor Cutler is currently an Aga Khan Fellow in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art Hisitory has been awarded an NEH Summer Stipend for her project,"Cézanne's Shadows." The Summer Stipend funds two consecutive months of research. She will be conducting research in Paris and New York on Cézanne's interest in the art of the past.
Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history, presented the paper," Stella Sense of Place," at Stella from the Start, the M. Victor Leventritt Symposium at the Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum Lecture Hall, April 8, 2006, Cambridge, Mass.
Craig Zabel, associate professor of art history, presented the paper," Grafting the Arts onto Ag Hill at Penn State," in the session at The American Campus as "Bricolage" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Savannah, Georgia, April 29, 2006.
Heinz K. Henisch, research professor emeritus in the history of photography in the Department of Art History, died March 28, 2006, after suffering heart problems. He was also professor emeritus of physics and Fellow emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Dr. Henisch taught the history of photography at Penn State from 1974 to 1993. He was the founder of the London-published journal History of Photography and served as its editor from 1977 to 1990. With his wife, Bridget A. Henisch, he wrote three books on the history of photography, all published by Penn State University Press. He wrote a number of other books on physics and additional subjects, including one chronicling his childhood memories of Europe. He was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and the American Photographic Historical Society and a corresponding member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie.http://www.artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/newsletter/sp06/Sp06_p06.html
Brian A. Curran, associate professor of art history, will receive the 2006, George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.
David Karmon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "Antiquarians, Architects, and Architectural Conservation in Renaissance Rome," at the Renaissance Society Annual Conference, March 23-25, 2006, in San Francisco.
Dr. Brian Curran, Associate Professor of Art History, will be the Faculty Host of " Egypt--Gift of the Nile," March 17-27, 2006. The trip will include visits to Cairo, Giza, Abu Simbel, and a voyage up the Nile on the ship M/S Ti-Yi from Luxor to to Aswan. There is an optional 5-day extension (March 26-31) to Jordan.
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper," Decolonization Politics and the Art of Uche Okeke and Demas Nwoko, 1960-68," in the session Art and Politics in Africa: Africans and the Avant Garde at the Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Boston, February 24, 2006.