Art History Department Faculty News Archive
Adele Nelson has been awarded a Summer Research Award for the summer of 2013. This spring she wil speak at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, thanks to the generous support of a Center for the Arts Travel Grant, and at the Institue of Fine Arts, New York Universiy, in the Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America lecture series.
Terry Dolan published her book Perspectives on Manet in February, and her Manet, Wagner and the Musical Culture of Their Time is forthcoming from Ashgate in September 2013. She has been asked by the Musee d'Orsay to write for the Manet and Venice show and also invited by the royal Academy in London to speak on the Manet portrait show in January.
Ashley West will be a Visiting Professor at the Kunsthistorisches Institut at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, this fall and winter, invited to conduct research as part of an international project on “BildEvidenz. Geschichte und Ästhetik" (Pictorial Evidence. History and Aesthetic). She also presented new work at the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA), which was held in Nuremberg (July 15-20), where she also had the opportunity to take graduate PhD student Scott Gratson around the old parts of Dürer's city (Scott presented in the graduate poster sessions).
Adele Nelson gave a talk this summer at MoMA on the history of the São Paulo Biennial and the emergence of abstraction in Brazil, the subject of her recently completed dissertation at NYU, and finalized several forthcoming publications, including articles to appear in the September issue of Art in America and the fall issue of Art Journal. In the fall, Adele will present papers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (as part of the Brazilian Studies Association International Congress) and at Bryn Mawr (in the Center for Visual Culture's weekly colloquium), and will participate in a panel discussion at the Yale School of Art with Rob Storr and artist Jac Leirner. She has also been invited to present a paper at the international symposium held in conjunction with the 30th Bienal de São Paulo (São Paulo Biennial) in São Paulo this November.
Susanna Gold has been awarded a grant from Temple's Commission on the Arts for a cross-disciplinary symposium that addresses intersections of art, music, and dance, which will be hosted by Tyler in conjunction with a Spring 2013 Charles Searles exhibition she is curating with her fall graduate seminar. She will participate on a panel at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Samuel Morse's "The Gallery of the Louvre" in November 2012; will deliver a “Crossing Boundaries: Understanding World Art” lecture series at the Barnes Foundation in March 2013, and will serve on a curatorial team at the Woodmere Art Museum for an exhibition of African American Art in spring 2013.
Tracy Cooper was invited to speak at "Art in 16th Century Venice: Context, Practices, Developments," at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for which a Dean’s Grant was essential; and at the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, in Vicenza, Italy. Her chapter on “The Place of Music in the Artist’s Home,” in The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy: Sound, Space, and Object, was published by Oxford University Press) in their Proceedings of the British Academy; and she now has a volume in press on The Sensuous and the Counter-Reformation Church with colleague Marcia Hall for Cambridge University Press.
Jane Evans worked this summer on the Harvard Expeditions to Sardis in preparation for a monograph for Harvard University Press. She an article accepted for the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and serves as an editor and contributor to Companion to Republican Archaeology.
Jonathan Kline was a participant in an NEH Summer Institute in Florence, studying the art and science of Leonardo da Vinci.
Marcia Hall published The Sacred Image in the Age of Art. Titian, Tintoretto, Barocci, El Greco, Caravaggio (London and New York: Yale University Press, 2011), which was short-listed for the ACE Mercers Book Prize, and took first prize from the American Association of Italian Studies: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque book, awarded in June 2012. She also has volume in press, The Sensuous and the Counter-Reformation Church, with colleague Tracy Cooper for Cambridge University Press.
Philip Betancourt published the book, The Dams and Water Management Systems of Minoan Crete (2012), and jointly edited the book Philistor: Studies in Honor of Costis Davaras with colleague Eleni Mantzourani (2012). He also delivered the keynote address for the International Conference on the Centenary of Archaeology at Priniatikos Pyrgos in June 2012, in Athens, Greece.
Elizabeth Bolman will be giving a lecture, & chairing a panel in Rome at the International Association for Coptic Studies Congress. She will also be giving a lecture at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, at the Byzantine Studies Conference, and at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Gerald Silk will be giving a talk on “Controversy in Modern Art and Religion” at the DCCA in September in relation to several shows, one of which features Nick Kripal’s work. He has an essay in preparation for Women’s Art Journal and will present a talk and chair a session at the ACA/PCA meetings in Washington in the spring. He will be the faculty lecturer for a Temple Alumni Association group trip, “Sketches of Spain,” fall 2012.
Dr. Marcia Hall has been awared a Laura H. Carnell Professorship of Art History. She also served as consulting curator for “Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery" at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA. Ed Sozanski has reviewed the exhibition for the Philadelphia Inquirer here.
Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman is one of only six faculty members across the Unversity who have been awarded the 2012 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Bolman also presented the Third Annual M.I. Rostovtzeff Lecture Series at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York University), in March 2012. Her group of lectures is entitled: “Shifting Narratives in Egyptian Christian Visual Culture.” She redefines the character and place of this art historical material, presenting considerable new evidence and demonstrating its centrality in the late Roman world.
A film of Dr. Bolman's Project in Upper Egypt at the Red Monastery is now available on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here to view the video (Choose the video icon above the exhibition photograph).
Dr. Therese Dolan presented “Impressionism: The Art of Paris in the 19th Century” at Alliance Française, April 11, 2012; “Making an Entrance: Manet’s Guitar and Sombrero” at Association of Art Historians, United Kingdo. Milton Keynes University on March 30, 2012; “Old Models and New Hopes: Pennsylvania Impressionism” at Michener Museum, Doylestown on March 14, 2012; “Manet, Wagner and Musical Culture” at Bryn Mawr College, November 4, 2011.
Dr. Susanna Gold published “The Death of Cleopatra/The Birth of Freedom,” in Life Stories from the Creole City, essay cluster ed. Cynthia Dobbs, Daphne Lamothe, and Theresa Tensuan for Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 35:2 (spring 2012); “Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, exhibition and catalog review, Modernism/modernity (September 2012); and Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War by Peter. H. Wood, book review, caa.reviews (spring 2012). Invited lectures include “Centennial Celebrations in the City: Philadelphia, Historical Memory, and America’s Biggest Birthday Parties,” Exploring the City lecture series, Paley Library, Temple University, March 2012; and “Philadelphia’s Legacy: Abstraction and Color,” Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, November 2011.
Dr. Marcia Hall has lectured at the Fort Lauderdale Museum; will be respondent in 3 sessions at Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in March; in April, will lecture at the Michener Museum.
Dr. Philip Betancourt in spring 2012 presented a lecture in January for the Archaeological Institute of America, at the University of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, entitled "The Archaeological Excavation at the Saint Haralambos Cave, in Crete." His book Water Management at the Bronze Age Site of Pseira is expected in March, 2012, and his joint book with Greek colleague Costis Davaras called Hagia Photia vol. II. The Pottery is expected to be published at the end of the spring semester.
Dr. Tracy Cooper presented “Keeping it in the Family: dynastic agency in Renaissance Venice,” at the University of St. Andrews, Scotlan, in spring 2012. She is co-organizer of two sessions and chair of three panels for the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, in Washington, DC. In the summer she has been invited to give on-site lectures in Venice for Pratt Institute, and will speak on “Palladio e Venezia,” at the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, in Vicenza, Italy.
Dr. Gerald Silk, Temple University, presented the lecture "Prints Matter: Themes and Variations in the Modernist Print," in Fall 2011 in connection with the exhibition “Modernist Prints: 1900-1950,” at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery of Lebanon Valley College. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Barbara McNulty, Art History PhD from Tyler/Temple (2011), who is Director of the Gallery. Silk recently participated in the Temple Center for Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, presenting the paper “Out of Shape: Gender, Feminism and the Neglected Art of Reva Urban.” He chaired a session at the 2012 College Art Association Meetings entitled “Beyond Censorship: Art and Ethics.” Dr. Jonathan Wallis, Art History PhD from Tyler/Temple (2005) and assistant professor at Moore College of Art and Design, presented a paper at this session as well, entitled: “Blending Art and Ethics: Marco Evaristti’s Helena and the Killing Aesthetic.”
Dr. Jane Evans was asked to testify before President Obama's Cultural Properties Act Committee, on behalf of Cyprus' Memorandum of Understanding (of the UNESCO 1970 Convention on Illicit Looting), which is being viewed for renewal in 2012. She especially brought her expertise as a field archaeologist and a coin expert to the table.
Dr. Tracy Cooper had articles and reviews “Palladio and his patrons: the performance of magnificenza,” and “Situating the Spatial Turn in Renaissance Architectural History,” both in Annali di Architettura 22 (2010) published in spring 2011, and “A Magnificent Man,” in the Washington Independent Review of Books in winter 2012.
Dr. Ashley West, our newest faculty member, is currently working on a book manuscript, The Other German Renaissance: Hans Burgkmair the Elder and the Visual Translation of Knowledge. She has a forthcoming essay on book illumination by Albrecht Dürer, appearing in Buchkulturen des deutschen Humanismus, 1430-1530 (Brill, 2012), and she will participate in a seminar on “Writing Down Experience: How-To Books and Artisanal Epistemology” at the Folger Institute in Washington. She has also been invited to take part in an international research project as a Visiting Fellow at the Freie University in Berlin, Germany, where she will contribute to the project led by Klaus Krüger, “Image History and the Aesthetic of Evidence.”
In 2011 Dr. West gave an invited lecture on “The Faces of Rembrandt” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and delivered a talk on “Printed Relics and Reliquaries: The Image of Objectivity before the Age of Science,” as part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at the Center for Humanities at Temple. She has presented new work on “The Past in Print in Nuremberg and Augsburg” at the Renaissance Society of America conference, and “Eloquence and Illegibility: The Failed Experiment of Early Etching?” at the Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär conference, Duke University. Dr. West was also accepted for the summer 2011 program into the Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History at the Conservation Center, NYU.
Dr. Elizabeth Bolman delivered a paper entitled “The Ascension of Christ: A Newly Revealed Late Antique Painting in the Red Monastery” at the Byzantine Studies Conference held at DePaul University in Chicago on October 21-23, and published, “A Painted Gift and A Donor Portrait at the Red Monastery, Sohag, Upper Egypt,” Egypt 1350 BE – AD 1800: Art Historial and Archaeological Studies for Gawdat Gabra, eds. Marianne Eaton-Krauss, Cäcilia Fluck, and Gertrud J. M. van Loon. series: Sprachen und Kulturen des Christlichen Orients, band 20. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2011. 53-62, pls. III-V. She also presented “Wall Painting Stratigraphy and the Dating of the Red Monastery Church, Sohag, Egypt” at the Archaeological Institute of America Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on January 8, 2011 and “Visual Culture and Monasticism in Late Antique Egypt,” Cornell University on March 3, 2011.
Dr. Philip Betancourt in fall 2011 chaired a session, introduced the keynote speaker, and delivered a scholarly paper at the Cretological Congress in Rethymnon, Crete, in October. He published an article called "The EM I Pithoi from Aphrodite's Kephali," in the book Cretan Offerings, discussing the recent evidence for the first manufacture of large ceramic storage jars in Crete and their implications for the beginning of large scale storage.
Dr. Tracy Cooper has been elected Discipline Representative for Art History (2011-2013) by the Renaissance Society of America.She has also been nominated to the Board of Advisors for the Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University.
Dr. Jane Evans had an article published: “From Mountain to Icon: Mt. Gerizim on Provincial Coins from Neapolis, Samaria” Near Eastern Archaeology 74:3 2011: 170-83. (Amy Yandek contributed a photograph, and Nik Parejas drew two maps for the article.) She also delivered a paper, “Four Small Bronze Hoards from Sardis and their Implications for Coin Circulation in the Fifth Century CE”, at the American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, 2011.
Dr. Susanna Gold served as Session Chair and Moderator for “Preserving the Past through Visual Images” at the interdisciplinary conference, “The Legacy of the Civil War” at Chestnut Hill College in November 2011, at which Tyler alumna, Cindy Veloric (MA) delivered a paper on John Rogers’ sculpture. Dr. Gold also served on a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts advisory panel for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Philadelphia Partners in the Arts grant program for local and community arts activities in August 2011.
Dr. Marcia Hall delivered a lecture at Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art: "The Uffizi: Some History, Some Pictures." Ocobert 22, 2011. Her recently published boook, Sacred image in the Age of Art, has been short-listed for the ACE Mercers Book Prize.
Dr. Tracy Cooper spoke on “Palladio’s Venice: Politics of the Classical,” in the Spring Lecture Series, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame; “Canaletto and Palladio,” at the symposium Venice Behind the Mask, Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC; “Whose Triumph? Strategic Appropriations in Venetian Ritual Contexts,” at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, in 2011. She also lectured on-site in Venice, Italy for Pratt Institute of Art and the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Therese Dolan presented “Mélomanet: Richard Wagner and Music in the Tuileries” at the College Art Association Career Development Workshop at its 99th Annual Conference in New York in February.
Dr. Susanna Gold delivered two public museum lectures in November: “‘For the First Time in its History’: The Richard Allen Monument at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia; and “Remembering the War with Brush and Chisel” at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD.
Dr. Gerald Silk participated as a mentor in the College Art Association Career Development Workshop at its 99th Annual Conference in New York in February. He will also be a panel member on February 26 for a symposium at the Woodmere Art Museum on the exhibition: “Sam Maitin: Prints and Places.”
Dr. Elizabeth Bolman recently authored four articles: “A Late Antique Funerary Chapel at the White Monastery (Dayr Anba Shenouda), Sohag,” Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt. no. 195 (Summer 2009): 12-18; “The Iconography of the Eucharist? Early Byzantine Painting, the Prothesis, and the Red Monastery,” in Anathemata Eortia: Studies in Honor of Thomas F. Mathews (2009); and "Transforming Perceptions of Coptic Culture" and "Chromatic Brilliance at the Red Monastery Church," in Preserving Egypt''s Cultural Heritage: The Conservation Work of the American Research Center in Egypt 1995 - 2005, ed. Randi Danforth (San Antonio: American Research Center in Egypt, 2010), 111-15, 121-28; and “Painted Skins: The Illusions and Realities of Architectural Polychromy, Sinai and Egypt,” in Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai, eds. Sharon E. J. Gerstel and Robert S. Nelson. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2010. 119 - 140 and plates I - XII.
Dr. Gerald Silk had excerpts from his piece, “Punk Precedents and Quotations (A Brief History of Anarchy and Aggression in Art),” recently re-issued. His contribution, originally appearing in the catalogue for a landmark exhibition—Punk Art, eds. Marc Miller and Bettie Ringma (Washington: Washington Project for the Arts, 1978): 3-6—has just been put on the website, “98 Bowery: 1969-89; View from the Top – Marc Miller,” which documents activities in the downtown New York art scene in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. See: www.98bowery.com/punkyears/punk-art-catalogue.php.
Dr. Silk also recently gave a talk for “Temple on the Road” at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. The talk was entitled “Here Comes the Sun: Andy Warhol and Art since 1960,” and was attended by over 150 Temple alumni and friends.
Dr. Philip Betancourt, Carnell Professor and Director of the Institute for Aegean Pre-History, will publish Volume 10 of the Art History department's dig in Crete (where 7 of our grad students excavated this summer). Phil brought to the department a grant to launch the “Aegean Digital Archaeological Atlas,” collaborating with other universities and the Greek Government. He will deliver papers at the University of Cyprus, University of Kent, UK, University of Sheffield, UK, and the Aegaeum International Conference in Copenhagen.
Dr. Betsy Bolman continues as Director of the White and Red Monasteries project in Egypt, supported by grants, including the USAID. She has essays forthcoming in Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai (Brepols) and in the Festschrift in Honor of Thomas Mathews. She was an invited speaker at Dumbarton Oaks this past Spring.
Dr. Abraham Davidson wrote short articles on Sol Lewitt and on Grace Hartigan in Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Lives.
Dr. Jane Evans recently published Caesarea Maritima: The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima: The Coins and the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Economy of Palestine. Dr. Evans was also asked to become the numismatist for the Harvard-Cornell Expeditions to Sardis. In this past year, she co-authored an article about her previous excavation in southern France in the American Journal of Archaeology and continued work on iconography and Republican Rome in an article in the Transactions of the American Philological Association.
Dr. Susanna Gold serves as a Philadelphia Host Committee Member for the Allen 250 Anniversary Project of the AME Church, which will feature her research on the 1876 Bishop Richard Allen Monument, the first African American public sculptural project. Her work will also appear in the “America I AM: The African American Imprint” 2 exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center. She has also recently prepared an essay on the 1876 Centennial Exhibition for the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art.
Dr. Therese Dolan returns to the faculty after serving as Interim Dean of Tyler. She is on leave, working on multiple Edouard Manet projects, including three books and two exhibitions. She lectured on Cézanne at the PMA for “Temple on the Road” and will give a paper on Manet’s Spanish Singer, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, this Winter.
Dr. Marcia Hall remains Series Editor of Artistic Centers of the Italian Renaissance, supported by a Kress. She published an essay on the Raising of Lazarus for the Università di Tuscia; a review in the Renaissance Quarterly; and gave papers at the Philadelphia Museum and Renaissance Society of America. On leave this Fall as resident Art Historian at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, she is completing her book The Sacred Image in the Renaissance (Yale U Press).
Dr. Jonathan Kline’s essay on “Botticelli’s Return of Persephone: on the source and subject of the Primavera,” has been accepted for publication by Sixteenth Century Journal. He recently presented a paper at the Renaissance Society of America conference.
Dr. Gerald Silk’s essay entitled “Pop and Minimalism, More or Less,” and entries on works by Robert Colescott, Robert Cottingham, Ralph Goings, Robert Indiana, Franz Kline, Claes Oldenburg, David Parrish, Mel Ramos, Gino Severini, and Tom Wesselmann, will be published next month in a catalogue of the collection of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, He presented a paper last Spring at Hofstra for a conference on Women and Abstract Expressionism.
Dr. Ashley West, our newest faculty member who adjuncted at Temple last Spring, comes to us with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Northern Renaissance and Baroque specialist, with teaching and curatorial experience, and has essays forthcoming in Subject as Aporia (Ashgate) and in Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence (Melbourne U Press).
Dr. Tracy Cooper, whose book on Palladio received accolades through awards and reviews, just returned from Vicenza, where she ran a course on Palladio, resulting in an interview by Il Giornale di Venezia. She recently gave papers at the University of Cambridge, UK, Princeton, and the Renaissance Society of America. She will be on leave this Spring, working on four book projects.
Jennifer A. Zwilling, (MA 2001 and Adjunct Instructor of History of Modern Craft and Design) wrote “Toward a New Appreciation of Ornament,” the catalogue essay for Decorative Resurgence, a contemporary jewelry exhibition held at Rowan University in April 2009. She was also the co-author of “In Pursuit of New Truths: Innovation and Education,” a catalogue essay for Stanley Lechtzin’s retrospective at the Philadelphia Art Alliance this past spring.
Dr. Tracy Cooper was featured in an interview in the Giornale di Vicenza 29 Aug 09 (trans. "Palladio: Too Modern for the Venice of the 1500s?"), when she was in Vicenza at the invitation of the International Center for Palladio Studies. The topic of the interview was her book Palladio's Venice, Yale University Press 2006.
Dr. Elizabeth Bolman has won the College Art Association "Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation" for her work on the Red and White Monasteries in Egypt. College Art Association, the professional association of artists and art historians, gives the prize is given for "outstanding contributions by persons who have enhanced understanding of art through the application of knowledge and experience in conservation, art history, and art.' As Director of the Red and White Monasteries projects, Professor Bolman successfully nominated them to the World Monuments Watch 2002 List of 100 Most Endangered Sites of cultural heritage. She has raised over a million dollars for the work, principally from the United States Agency for International Development and the American Research Center in Egypt. She has published and lectured widely on work and research associated with this project.