Alumni News

See the source image Carolyn M Laferrière (2017) was recently appointed as the new assistant curator of ancient Mediterranean art for Princeton University Art Museum. At Princeton, Carolyn will curate the Museum’s extraordinary collections from around the ancient Mediterranean world, including its holdings of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern art. 
Cleveland Museum of Art promotes Key Jo Lee as associate curator of American art Key Jo Lee, the associate curator of American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has been appointed chief of curatorial affairs and public programs at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD), the San Francisco museum announced on Friday, October 28, 2022.  She will start in her new position in January 2023.

Sophie Lynford (2019), the Theodore Rousseau Curatorial Fellow in European Art at the Harvard Art Museums.  just released Painting Dissent: Art, Ethics, adn the American Pre-Raphaelites through Princeton University Press, 2022. Per Princeton University Press, the American Pre-Raphaelites founded a uniquely interdisciplinary movement composed of politically radical abolitionist artists and like-minded architects, critics, and scientists. Active during the Civil War, this dynamic collective united in a spirit of protest, seeking sweeping reforms of national art and culture. Painting Dissent recovers the American Pre-Raphaelites from the margins of history and situates them at the center of transatlantic debates about art, slavery, education, and politics.

Beautifully illustrated and drawing on a wealth of archival material, Painting Dissent transforms our understanding of how American artists depicted the nation during the most turbulent decades of the nineteenth century.

Grafted Arts Holly Shaffer (2015), Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Brown, just published Grafted Arts: Art Making and Taking in the Struggle for Western India, 1760-1910 (Paul Mellon Centre with Yale University Press, 2022). Grated Arts has won the Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities. Per Yale University Press,  Grafted Arts focuses on Maratha military rulers and British East India Company officials who used the arts to engage in diplomacy, wage war, compete for prestige, and generate devotion as they allied with (of fought against) each other to control western India in the eighteenth century. This book conceptualizes the artistic combinations that resulted as ones of “graft” - a term that acknowledges the violent and creative processes of suturing arts, and losing and gaining goods, as well as the shifting dynamics among agents who assembled such materials. 

Sylvia Houghtelling (2015), Assistant Professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr, published her first book called The Art of Cloth in Mughal India (Princeton University Press, 2022).  Per Princeton University Press, The Art of Cloth in Mughal India tells the story of textiles crafted and collected across South Asia and beyond, illuminating how cloth particpated in political negotiations, social conversations, and the shared seasonal rhythms of the year. The book is beautifully illustrated and offers an incomparable account of the aesthetics and techniquest of cloth and cloth making and the ways that textiles shaped the social, polictal, religious, and aesthetic life of early modern South Asia.

Mohit Manohar (2022), who will graduate on May 23, 2022, from the Department of the History of Art, has been appointed a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago.  He currently holds an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts and successfully defended his dissertation, The City of Gods and Fortune: An Architectural and Urban History at Daulatabad, ca. 13th–15th centuries, in April 2022.  During his time as Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Manohar plans to complete his book manuscript, provisionally titled Refracted Cities: Delhi and Daulatabad in the Late Medieval Period. He will also be offering two courses on South Asian art.  Mohit Manohar joins the Department of Art History as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow | Department of Art History (uchicago.edu)
Amy Werbel (1996) Professor of History of Art at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, has completed her non-resident fellowship at the University of Claifonia National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.  FIT Newsroom provides information about Amy’s research on academic freedom and censorship as well as a link to her report “We all want to talk about this”: A Study of Freedom of Artistic Expression in Academic Art Museums and Galleries.
Anna Arabindan-Kesson (2014), Associate Professor of Black Diaspora Art at Princeton University, published her book Black Bodies, White Gold; Art, Cotton, and Commerce in the Atlantic World in May 2021. Per Duke University Press, “In Black Bodies, White Gold Anna Arabindan-Kesson uses cotton, a commodity central to the slave trade and colonialism were intertwined in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. In doing so, Arabindan-Kesson models an art historical approach that makes histories of the Black diaspora central to nineteenth-century cultural production.”

Susanna Newbury (2014), Associate Professor of art history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her lastest book  The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles was published in 2021 by the University of Minnesota Press. It was a finalist for CAA’s 2022 Charles Rufus Morey award.  The book is said to be “a forensic examination of the mutual relationship between art and real estate in a transforming Los Angeles.”

Marni Reva Kessler (1996) Professor, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas, has released a new publication Discomfort Food: The Culinary Imagination in Late Nineteenth-Century French Art. Per the Minnesota University Press, the book is “an intricate and provocative journey through nineteenth-century depictions of food and the often uncomfortable feelings they evoke. “
Mal Ahern (2019) article “Cinema’s Automatisms and Industrial Automation” in diacritics 46:4 received the Annette Kuhn début essay award from Screen in 2020. Mal also recently published an essay called “The Machine that Makes Gossip: Andy Warhol’s Screen Test of Marcel Duchamp” in the Spring 2022 issue of NECSUS

Daniel Spaulding (2017), Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Art History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the joint-prize winner of this year’s (2022) Joseph Beuys Prize for Research for his dissertation Beuys, Terror, Value: 1967-1979. The Prize is awarded by The Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation. It recognizes internationally outstanding achievements by young scholars in interdisciplinary research on the artist Joseph Beuys.

Rebecca Peabody (2006) recently published the edited volume Blondell Cummings: Dance as Moving Pictures (X Artists’ Books, 2022) with her co-editors Kristin Juarez and Glenn Phillips. The book focuses on the pioneering work of African American choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings, and serves as a companion volume to an exhibition by the same title. Both the book and exhibition were the first produced by the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative. Rebecca – head of research projects and academic outreach at the GRI – focuses on representations of identity in 20th and 21st century American art and culture. 

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Andrea Wolk Rager (2009) has recently been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University.

Andrea also released her book The Radical Vision of Edward Burne-Jones through the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in May 2022, which will be distributed by Yale University Press in June 2022.

Alexandra K. Morrison (2019) is pleased to announce the publication of her artical “A Forgotten Painter at the Impressionist Exhibitions: ‘Jacques François’ or the Marquise de Rambures (1844–1924),” in September 2021 The Burlington Magazine. The study was over a year in the making.
Christopher Platts (2018) has been newly appointed as Assistant Professor of Art History in the School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Christopher teaches late medieval and early modern art history as well as museum studies at the University of Cincinnati. His research expertise is in the history of European and Mediterranean art, ca. 1300-1600, with a focus on Italian painting, sculpture, and manuscript illumination. He recently curated the in-person exhibition The Great Wonder: Violet Oakley and the Gothic Revival at Vassar at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The virtual exhibition is available online, along with a 3-D virtual tour.

Alison Locke Perchuk (2009) is celebrating the release of The Medieval Monastery of Saint Elijah: A History in Paint and Stone, (Studies in the visual Cultures of the Middle Ages, No. 17, Turnhout: Brepols: 2021). Blending innovative art historical analysis with archaeology, epigraphy, history, liturgy, theology, and landscape and memory studies, it is the first comprehensive interdisciplinary study of a deeply intelligent yet understudied male Benedictine convent near Rome. The only monastery known to have been dedicated to the prophet Elijah in the Latin West, it was rebuilt c.1122–26 with papal patronage. The book had its origins in a 2010 Yale dissertation, completed under Robert S. Nelson with Jacquelyn Jung as the second departmental reader.

Alison has been awarded the resident National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Huntington Library for the 2022-2023 year.

Wilson Kristina Wilson’s (2001) new book Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design was released in April with Princeton University Press.
Petra Richterova named Schomburg Fellow (scad.edu) Follow at @petrarichterovaphotogrpahy on InstaGram
Neddleman Library of Congress Glenn Adamson (2001) has published Crafts: An American History which was reviewed by the New York Times. An excerpt of his book is provided by the New York Times.
Shih-shan Susan Huang (2005), Associate Professor at Rice University, discusses the role of text and images in Mahayan Buddhism with the Dunhuang Foundation.
Anna Arabindan-Kesson’s (2014), Assistant Professor at Princeton University, lastest book Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Cotton, and Commerce in the Atlantic World is now available from Duke University Press. In addition, Arabindan-Kesson has started a new project called Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism found here - www.artandcolonialmedicine.com
Maria Taroutina (2013), Associate Professor of Art History at Yale-NUS College, Singapore was awarded the 2019 USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies by the Associate for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for her book The Icon and the Square: Russian Modernism and the Russo-Byzantine Revival  In addition, Taroutina received tenure and was elected President of the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture in 2020.
Henrike C. Lange (2015) Promoted to Associate Professor at Berkeley-July 6, 2021. Lange also published Giotto’s Arena Chapel and the Triumph of Humility (Cambridge University Press), as well as, recieved the 2020 Prytanean Faculty Award for distintion in teaching.
‘Prison Initiative founded by Zelda Rowland PhD (2016) April 15, 2021 wins major grant’