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Fifteen Art History Doctoral Students Selected for 2015 CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice New York City, June 4, 2015 — The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has announced the participants of the second CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice, recognizing fifteen art history doctoral students with a track record of creative scholarship and the potential to make significant contributions to the future of museums. For close to nine years, CCL has helped cultivate curatorial leaders by providing essential tools for guiding museums today and into the future. The seminar for Ph.D. students is a critical extension of this core mission. Generously supported by a two and a half year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the seminar launched in 2014 to introduce young scholars, at the outset of their careers, to the strategic challenges facing museum professionals. Selected by a committee of senior curators from a pool of almost 100 applicants, the participants represent eleven American universities. For this second year of the program, CCL changed the cohort to students who have completed their comprehensive exams and begun their dissertations. By focusing on advanced students, CCL aims to create a network of scholars who will emerge into the profession together. The students possess interests in a breadth of global regions. Their art historical specialties include Byzantine art, modern architecture and design, Egyptian art, Impressionism, colonial Latin American art, and Chinese photography. Each student demonstrates a resolute focus on building an object-based curatorial acumen. These promising scholars integrate historical scholarship and museum practice in diverse and innovative ways. This year’s seminar begins on June 8 in New York City. For two weeks, students will be immersed in institutions of all sizes and specialties and in conversations with experts from every discipline of the field. They will learn how collaborations develop among curators, conservators, and educators, among other professionals. Through classes led by professors from Columbia Business School, students will study strategies of negotiation and decision making, as well as the fundamentals of organizational models. A team practicum will challenge them to analyze how museums calibrate mission with collection, exhibition, and programming. The students’ experience will be enriched by individual mentorships with distinguished curators in their specialty area who are working in museums across the New York region.
The students, listed alphabetically, are:
Sydney Skelton Simon
Sara E. Cole
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Area of Specialty: Late Antique and Byzantine Art
University of California, Los Angeles Area of Specialty: Contemporary Art History
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Area of Specialty: Art of 18th- and 19th-century France
Northwestern University Area of Specialty: Photography, Art of the African Diaspora
Columbia University Area of Specialty: Italian Renaissance Art
University of California, Los Angeles Area of Specialty: Colonial Latin American Art, Native American Art
Yale University Area of Specialty: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art
Emory University Area of Specialty: Egyptian Art
Contact: Hannah Howe (646) 405 - 8065 [email protected]
University of Delaware Area of Specialty: History of Modern Architecture and Design
Stanford University Area of Specialty: Post-World War II American Art and Design
Princeton University Area of Specialty: 20th-century Art and the History of Photography
Princeton University Area of Specialty: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
University of Pennsylvania Area of Specialty: American and Modern Art
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Area of Specialty: Byzantine and Early Islamic Art History
Washington University in Saint Louis Area of Specialty: Europe 18501950, with a specialization in global Impressionism
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Andrea Achi Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Area of Specialty: Late Antique and Byzantine Art Andrea Myers Achi is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She specializes in late antique and Byzantine art, manuscript studies, and late Roman ceramics. She received her bachelor’s degree in ancient studies from Barnard College, and she holds two masters’ degrees from New York University: one in Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian studies and a second in the History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts. Andrea’s dissertation investigates monastic books and book
production from the medieval Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt. The project investigates Coptic manuscripts at the Pierpont Morgan Library and examines how manuscripts can help us understand monastic economy, including the production of books, and the pervasive monastic book culture of Christian Egypt. In addition to her art historical research, Andrea is a professional archaeological ceramicist and has been involved with numerous excavations in Egypt and Italy.
Jamin An University of California, Los Angeles Area of Specialty: Contemporary Art History Jamin An is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in contemporary art with additional interests in medieval and Byzantine art history. His dissertation, “Tracing the Emergence of Contemporary Curatorial Practice, 1964–1976,” examines the historical transformation of the curator through the art practices of the 1960s and 1970s, the expansion of the art market, and the
conditions of the post-industrial city. Jamin holds a B.A. with High Distinction in Studio Art and Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. He has worked at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Glenstone, and the Getty Research Institute and is currently the Yvonne & Harry Lenart Graduate Fellow in the Department of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Daniella Berman Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Area of Specialty: Art of the 18th- and 19th-century France Daniella Berman is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, specializing in French art of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Her dissertation considers the unfinished—as fact and aesthetic—during the Revolutionary era in France. Ms. Berman holds a B.A. from Yale University in the History of Art and Italian Studies, and an M.A. in the History of Art from the IFA. Prior to her graduate work, she served as the Bartels Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, and worked at the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Press, and the National
Gallery of Art in Washington. Her M.A. thesis explored the relationship between religion and print culture in French eighteenth century; other research interests include the dialogues that exist among the arts, particularly between visual art and music, and the role of translation between media and languages. She has presented at various conferences, most recently at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and for the Mellon Research Initiative at the IFA, and has contributed to several publications.
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Emilie Boone Northwestern University Area of Specialty: Photography, Art of the African Diaspora Emilie C. Boone is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, with interests in photography, the art of the African Diaspora, and American art. She completed a B.A. in English at Amherst College and an M.A. in Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. As a current Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Emilie is completing her dissertation on the early twentieth century studio photographs of James Van Der Zee. She has served
as a Fulbright Fellow at the Notman Photographic Archives in Montreal, a Dangler Curatorial Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Research Associate at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Emilie has also written for History of Photography and African Arts and has a forthcoming essay in the exhibition catalog “From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography.”
Rachel Boyd Columbia University Area of Specialty: Italian Renaissance Art Rachel Boyd is a Ph.D. candidate in the Art History Department at Columbia University. She earned her B.A. in the history of art and Italian literature from Yale University in 2009. She went on to study for her M.Phil. in the history of art at the University of Cambridge, where she held a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Rachel is currently at work on her dissertation; her research examines the three-generation workshop of the Della Robbia family, who invented and quickly became synonymous with a form of sculpture – tin-glazed terracotta – that even today remains instantly recognizable to art historians and non-specialists
alike. While her primary field of study is Renaissance art and architecture, she maintains active research interests in nineteenth-century art and historiography and in the material culture of the ancient world. She has held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Frick Collection, and this summer will work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to contribute research for a 2016 exhibition on the Della Robbia. In September 2015, she will take up a two-year Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy.
Yve Chavez University of California, Los Angeles Area of Specialty: Colonial Latin American Art, Native American Art Yve Chavez is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at UCLA. She received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Native American Studies from Stanford University. Her M.A. degree is from the University of Washington where she wrote her thesis on southern California Indian basket weaving traditions. Yve’s dissertation, “Indigenous Artists and Ingenuity at the California Missions After 1769” will expand upon her master’s research and provide a Native American perspective on the art of the
California missions. Yve is the president of UCLA’s American Indian Graduate Student Association and an active member of the San Gabriel Mission Museum Board. Currently, she works as a research assistant at the Getty Research Institute. She has interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Villa, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
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Sara E. Cole Yale University Area of Specialty: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art Sara E. Cole is a PhD candidate in Ancient History at Yale University specializing in the visual and material culture of Graeco-Roman Egypt. Her research explores processes of cross-cultural exchange and hybridization in antiquity and their manifestations in the art historical and archaeological records. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Graeco-Egyptian Hybridization in Ptolemaic Egypt (ca. 323 – 30 BC): Visual Culture and Elite Identity.” Sara has served as a curatorial intern at the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA, the Frank H. McClung Museum
of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Ancient Art Department of the Yale University Art Gallery. While at the YUAG, she curated an installation of late antique and early medieval art, the 2014 loan exhibition “Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean” for the McClung Museum, and an upcoming exhibition of ancient glass at Yale (date and title TBD). She has excavated at several archaeological sites in Egypt and is currently a member of the Kom al-Ahmer/Kom Wasit Archaeological Project in the western Delta.
Rachel Kreiter Emory University Area of Specialty: Egyptian Art A doctoral candidate in art history at Emory University, R. Kreiter studies the visual culture of ancient Egypt and the use of Egyptian art in the west after antiquity. Recently, Kreiter completed a 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Spelman College and coordinated
an Egyptian section for the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s presentation of African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, which runs through June 2015. Other interests include appropriation and participatory culture. Lives in Chicago.
Craig Lee University of Delaware Area of Specialty: History of Modern Architecture and Design Craig Lee focuses on the history of modern architecture and design. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware. His dissertation is an architectural history of commercial signage in twentieth-century America. A secondary area of research investigates modern architecture in South Africa. His work has been recognized with support from the Center for
Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Getty Research Institute, Duke University, and Hagley Museum and Library, among others. Craig has completed internships at the Princeton University Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Fallingwater, Museum of Modern Art, Hood Museum of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago. He received an MA from the Bard Graduate Center and a BA from Dartmouth College.
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Sydney Skelton Simon Stanford University Area of Specialty: Post-World War II American Art and Design Sydney Skelton Simon is a doctoral candidate in Art History at Stanford University, specializing in post-World War II American art and design. Her dissertation explores the nexus of art, design, science, and corporate culture in Cold War America through the career and oeuvre of the Italian-American artist Harry Bertoia (1915-1978). Simon holds a B.A. in Art History from Yale University. As an undergraduate, she co-curated two exhibitions at the Yale University Art Gallery
and held summer internships at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. From 2007-2011, she worked as a curatorial assistant in Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Most recently, she was the first curatorial intern for the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, writing wall text and assisting with the layout of the inaugural installation of the newest museum on campus.
Phil Taylor Princeton University Area of Specialty: 20th-century Art and the History of Photography Phil Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, and the David E. Finley Fellow, 2014-2017 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. His dissertation, “Raoul Ubac’s Photographic Surrealism,” positions the artist as a figure through which to develop new perspectives on the position of avant-garde photography in the 1930s, on surrealism and
photography’s role within it, and on the relationship of the avant-garde to the tumultuous politics of the time. Phil is the primary author of Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha (M.I.T. Press, 2013). Prior to coming to Princeton, Phil organized an exhibition of modernist photography, Of the Refrain, at Robert Mann Gallery in New York in 2008. As a critic, he is a frequent contributor to artforum.com.
Stephanie Tung Princeton University Area of Specialty: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Stephanie H. Tung is a Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University. She specializes in Chinese art history, with a particular interest in modern and contemporary photography. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, where her honors thesis examined the relationship between text and image in New York City graffiti of the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a translator and curator for the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, where
she organized exhibitions including WATW, We are the World: Photography from China and the Netherlands (2010) and Ai Weiwei: New York 1983-1993 (2010). Most recently, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship at Fudan University in Shanghai, conducting fieldwork for her dissertation on Republican era photography. Stephanie is a contributing author to the Aperture publication, The Chinese Photobook (2015) and is currently editing a volume of Ai Weiwei’s Beijing photography, 1993-2003.
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Emily Warner University of Pennsylvania Area of Specialty: American and Modern Art Emily Warner is a historian of American and Modern art, currently pursuing a doctorate in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research revolves around the history of abstract murals in the New Deal and early Cold War decades. More generally, she is interested in how and for what purposes art has been claimed as “public,” and how its various sites—from specific buildings to galleries and museums—have contributed to such an understanding. She has worked in curatorial,
conservation, and education departments at several museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is currently the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department. She is a recipient of the Herskovic Prize for Graduate Work on Abstract Expressionism, and of fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Luce / ACLS Foundation.
Elizabeth Williams Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Area of Specialty: Byzantine and Early Islamic Art History Elizabeth Williams recently defended her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Her thesis explored attitudes towards adornment in the medieval eastern Mediterranean and included a catalogue of precious metal jewelry held in museums in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She worked as curatorial assistant in the Department of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum for Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages (2009), and was a fellow in the Department of Islamic Art during Byzantium and
Islam: Age of Transition (2012), for which she co-edited the exhibition blog. Elizabeth is on the advisory board for Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, opening in 2016. She has taught at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and in the Department of Art History and the Office of the Dean at NYU. As a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, she coordinates a collaborative project on late antique and medieval Egyptian textiles and teaches courses at the George Washington University.
Orin Zahra Washington University in Saint Louis Area of Specialty: Europe 1850-1950, with a specialization in global Impressionism Orin Zahra is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. Having lived in Bangladesh and the Middle East prior to relocating to New York, she received her BA from the University of Maryland and MA from American University in Washington D.C. Her dissertation focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century Impressionist practices in France, England, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire. She has secondary interests in South Asian visual cultures and has published in the peer-reviewed
journal Modern Art Asia. Orin has held internships at the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. In 2014, she co-organized “Inside the Palace of Fine Arts: Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 World’s Fair” at Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Presently, she is co-chairing the committee for the forthcoming inaugural Graduate Student Art History Symposium titled “Endurance, Ephemerality: Art and the Passage of Time.”