Dr. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "The Lessons of Technique," at The Ivories of Amalfi/Salerno and the Medieval Mediterranean, an International Workshop, Amalfi, Italy, 10-13 December 2009.
Dr. Alissa Walls Mazow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "Cy Twombly, John Cage and the Art of Hunting Mushrooms," 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Conference Theme: Decodings), held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 5-8, 2009.
Dr. Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, presented a paper, "Unbridled Enthusiasm: Sargent and European Marine Painting in the 1870s," at the symposium Sargent and the Sea, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC., November 7, 2009.
Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art History, delivered one of the Richard R. Brettell Lectures in Art History at the Dallas Museum of Art on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Her lecture is entitled: "Manet: Portrait, Models, and 'La Vie Moderne.'"
Dr. Sarah K. Rich (associate professor of art history) presented a lecture in the public symposium A New Look at Postwar Art: The Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, November 21, 2009. The other speakers will include Graham Bader, Yve-Alain Bois, and Harry Cooper.
Joyce Robinson (affilate associate professor of art history) serves as curator at the Palmer Museum of Art, a position she has held since 2001. A Palmer Museum staff member since 1996, Joyce is known for organizing exhibitions that are compelling and relevant to both students and the local community. As in-house curator for a diverse array of traveling exhibitions, she studies each new subject in-depth in order to give gallery talks and train the museum's docents. A respected scholar and teacher as well as a strong editor and poetic writer, she has organized and contributed to many exhibition catalogues. Joyce is a skillful negotiator with artists, designers, collectors, dealers, and staff, and has been learning how to negotiate exhibition contracts. She is a major player in helping the Palmer Museum fulfill its dual roles as Penn State's academic art museum and one of Pennsylvania's principal civic and cultural institutions. The museum also benefits from Joyce's active involvement in the University and local communities. She serves as a mentor to students, volunteers for the Park Forest PTO, and lends her talents to WPSU during pledge periods. She actively serves on the college's diversity committee and Penn State's Public Art Committee. Joyce holds a B.A. in religious studies from Davidson College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, has been awarded a Sabbatical Leave for Fall Semester 2009 to work on her next book project, Cézanne's Shadows.
Dr. Elizabeth Smith, associate professor of art history, has been named a member of this fall's Faculty Court, and will ride in a place of honor in Penn State's Homecoming Parade on Friday,October 16, 2009. Smith is one of just eight elected by popular vote of University Park's approximately 40,000 undergraduates as representing the best in undergraduate teaching. Smith will ride near the head of the parade seated on the back of a vintage convertible. If you would like to attend the event, which begins at 6:00 Friday evening. The Homecoming Faculty Court was instituted in 2006. This is the second year in a row that a professor from the Art History Department has been elected as a member from among University Parks roughly 5,000 instructors.
Dr. Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, presented a paper, "Cézanne, Color, and Forgetting," at the state-of-the-field conference: Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century? The Painting of Modern Life Now, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, October 30-31, 2009.
Dr. Sarah K. Rich (Associate Professor of Art History) has published a review of parallel exhibitions during this year's Venice Biennale: Sarah K. Rich, "Venice '09: Port Authority," Artforum XLVIII (September 2009): 246-247.
Dr. Alissa Walls Mazow (instructor of art history and STS), has been accepted to attend a 2009 NEH Summer Institute on "Nature and History at the Nation's Edge: Field Institute in Environmental & Borderlands History," June 14-July 11, 2009. This month-long institute based at the University of Arizona will include a 15-day study tour that will explore "the arid lands and historical landscapes of Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora, Mexico."
Dr. Elizabeth B. Smith, Associate Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "City Planning in the Florentine Commune: Santa Maria Novella, its Piazza and its Neighborhood," at the 6th International Meeting of the Middle Ages, Building the City in the Middle Ages, in Nàjera, Spain, July 28 to 31, 2009.
Dr. Leo Mazow (curator of American art, Palmer Museum of Art, and affiliate associate professor of art history) had his essay, "Everett Shinn's Time Warp," appear in the catalogue The Eight and American Modernisms (Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 2009). The catalogue accompanies an exhibition of the same name on display through May 24, 2009, at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut. The exhibition will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 6-October 23, 2009.
Dr. Randy Ploog, coordinator of international programs for Arts & Architecture and affiliate assistant professor of art history, curated an exhibition, Manierre Dawson: Engineer/Artist, currently on display at Virginia Tech, in the Perspective Gallery in the Squires Student Center. For more, please visit:http://www.artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/2009/feb/27_ploog_dawson.htm...
Dr. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, has been elected senior research associate of the Khalili Research Centre for the Art & Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford, England, Hilary and Trinity Terms, for spring 2009. For complete story visit:http://www.artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/2008/apr/30_cutleroxford.html
New book co-authored by Brian A. Curran, Associate Professor of Art History, Penn State NEWLY PUBLISHED: Obelisk: A History (The MIT Press, April 2009) by Brian A. Curran, Anthony Grafton, Pamela O. Long and Benjamin Weisshttp://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11678
Dr. Elizabeth B. Smith, associate professor of art history, organized and chaired the session "Building in the Medieval City," for the 35th Annual Sewanee Mediaeval Colloquium: The City in Medieval Life and Culture, that was held at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, April 3-4, 2009.
Newly published books by Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History: Cutler, Anthony. Image Making in Byzantium, Sasanian Persia and the Early Islamic World: Images and Cultures. Farnham and Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate/Variorum, 2009.http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&title_id=9626&e... Bühl, Gudrun, Anthony Cutler, and Arne Effenberger, eds. Spätantike und byzantinische Elfenbeinbildwerke im Diskurs. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2008.http://www.reichertverlag.de/default.asp [search for Cutler]
American Academy in Rome--Press Release NEW YORK (30 April 2009) Professor Brian A. Curran, FAAR'94 has been appointed to a three-year term as the Editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (MAAR) effective in September 2010. Until then he will serve as Associate Editor working with Vernon Minor who will have served six years as Editor. Academy Director Carmela Vircillo Franklin, FAAR'85, RAAR'02 said, "We are very grateful to Vernon for his excellent work as editor during the past several years We are confident that Brian's broad scholarly and editorial experience, as well as his keen appreciation of the contribution of the Memoirs to the mission of the American Academy in Rome will build on the high standards pursued by Vernon Minor and other editors." An Associate Professor of Art History at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Curran teaches courses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, historiography, antiquarianism, and the history and theory of sculpture. Before coming to Penn State in 1997, he was a Teaching Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and (from 1984 to 1990) a member of the curatorial staff in the Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition to the Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize (The Robert H.Lehman Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art awarded in 1994), Dr. Curran has received numerous teaching awards as well as fellowships and grants, including a Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, a Research Grant from the Renaissance Society of America, and a residential fellowship at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center in Florence, Italy (2005-2006). Dr. Curran is the author of The Egyptian Renaissance: The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy (2007) published by the University of Chicago Press. He contributed to a just released volume on the history of obelisks, Obelisk: A History, co-authored with Anthony Grafton, Pamela O. Long, and Benjamin Weiss (Dibner Library/MIT Press). This publication was recommended by Wendy Moonan in her NYTimes column on Friday, April 24, 2009. Dr. Curran has also published numerous articles and reviews in The Art Bulletin, The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Word & Image, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Memoirs of the American Academy of Rome, and contributed chapters to several publications. Dr. Curran received his B.F.A in painting and art history from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1979. He went on to earn an M.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts /Amherst in 1989 and an M.A and Ph.D in art and archaeology from Princeton University in 1997.
Dr. Perkins Foss, instructor of art history, presented a paper, "Water and Land Imagery in Urhobo Art," at the Harmattan Workshops of the Niger Delta Cultural Center, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Nigeria, on Tuesday March 10, 2009.