Dr. Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history, has published a book review of Gaetano Chiaveri (1689-1770). Architetto romano della Hofkirche di Dresda by Costanza Caraffa. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67 (December 2008): 606-608.
At the AEI 2008 - Building Integration Solutions tenth anniversary national conference held in Denver in September of this year, the Board of Governors of the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) announced the award for the Outstanding Paper published in the Journal of Architectural Engineering in 2007. The winning paper, "Structural Appraisal of the Florentine Gothic Construction System" was authored by Ece Erdogmus, Thomas E. Boothby, and Elizabeth B. Smith (Associate Professor of Art History) and was published in the March 2007 issue. Members of the Editorial Board would like to congratulate the winning authors as well as all those who successfully published their papers in the Journal in 2007.
Allissa Walls Mazow, Instructor of Art History and STS, presented a paper, "Robert Smithson, Mark Dion, Dump Truck Dinosaurs and Mice Men: A Consideration of Transmutation and Life," at the annual conference of the Society of Literature, Science and the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina, November 13-16, 2008.
Dr. Sarah K. Rich, Associate Professor of Art History, has published a review of the "Louise Bourgeois" exhibition at the Guggenheim in the November 2008 Artforum:http://artforum.com/inprint/issue=200809&id=21350
Dr. Elizabeth Walters, Associate Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "Hagiaphoros in the Cult of Isis - at Hierakonpolis and Rome," at the conference Aegyptus et Pannonia V in Budapest, Hungary, October 15-17, 2008.
Dr. Leo Mazow, Affiliate Associate Professor of Art History, and Curator of American Art, Palmer Museum of Art, presented a lecture, "Thomas Hart Benton: Painting the Sound," at the University of Missouri on October 16, 2008. His lecture was sponsored by the University of Missouri Department of Art History & Archaeology, the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, and the State Historical Society of Missouri.
Dr. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, presented a paper "Legal Iconicity: The Documentary Image, Sacred Space and the Work of the Beholder" at the Arts of the East conference at the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University, October 16, 2008.
Dr. Charlotte Houghton, Associate Professor of Art History, has been named to the 2008 Penn State Homecoming Faculty Court. This is the third year that Penn State Homecoming has included a Faculty Court, an honor accorded eight teachers across the University Park campus by nomination and vote of the entire undergraduate body. As a Homecoming Court member, Professor Houghton rode in the Homecoming Parade on the evening of Friday, October 17, and appeared after that on the steps of Old Main for the PSU-Michigan Pep Rally, and was introduced Saturday at half-time on the field at Beaver Stadium in front of over 107,000 fans.
Dr. Sarah K. Rich has been awarded a sabbatical for fall 2008 and spring 2009 to complete "Beyond Flat: The Other Sides to American Abstraction in the Cold War," a scholarly book about abstract painting in the 1960's. For story go to http://live.psu.edu/story/28390?nw=4.
Dr. Leo Mazow, Affiliate Associate Professor of Art History; Curator of American Art, Palmer Museum of Art was appointed a Smithsonian Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, summer 2008.
Dr. Leo Mazow, affiliate associate professor of art history, and curator of American art, Palmer Museum of Art, has published the essay, "George Inness, Softness, and the Vapor Barrier," in Marc Simpson, ed., Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly (Williamstown, Mass.: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, distributed by Yale University Press, 2008), 52-71.
Dr. Elizabeth J. Walters, Assosciate Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "New Findings from the Early Dynastic Period from Temple-Town Hierakonpolis," at the X International Congress of Egyptologists on Rhodes, Greece, May 22-29, 2008.
Dr. Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, has published an article on "Manet exhibits in Lyon in 1869," in The Burlington Magazine, vol. CL, no. 1262 (May 2008): 322-25.
Olubukola A. Gbadegesin, Visiting Instructor of Art History, has been awarded a two-year (2008-10) Carter G. Woodson Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-African and African Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. This will allow her to complete her Ph.D. dissertation (Emory University) on "Picturing the Modern: Politics, Identity and Self-fashioning in Lagos, Nigeria, 1861-1944," which explores the emergence of portrait painting and studio photography in Nigeria.
Dr. Elizabeth B. Smith, Associate Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "The Attraction of Opposites: Mendicant Architecture and its Use of Cistercian Models," at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium to be held at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, April 11-12, 2008.
Dr. Madhuri Desai, Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "'Hindu' Historic Preservation: Religious Mythology and the Riverfront at Banaras," at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 23-27, 2008. At this conference, Dr. Desai will also be co-chairing a session on "Colonial Frames/Nationalist Histories."
Dr. Sarah K. Rich, Assosciate Professor of Art History, published an exhibition review of "Be-Bomb," Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in Artforum (March 2008): pp. 350-352.
Dr. Leo Mazow, Curator of American Art, Palmer Museum of Art, and Affiliate Associate Professor of Art History, has published "Regionalist Radio: Thomas Hart Benton on Art for Your Sake" in The Art Bulletin (March 2008): pp. 101-122.
Penn State News Story about Randy Ploog, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History For story go to http://live.psu.edu/story/28390?nw=4
The following was just published by Dr. Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history: Sarah K. Rich, "Francois Dallegret's Astrological Automobiles: Occult Commodities for France in the 1960s," Oxford Art Journal 31 (March 2008): 27-49. http://oaj.oxfordjournals.org/current.dtl#ARTICLES