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Iglesias Lukin, Aime

Aimé Iglesias Lukin is a Ph.D. candidate specialized on modern and contemporary Latin American art. Her dissertation focuses on Latin American artists living and working in New York during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The project seeks to map connections between spaces of action, institutions, exhibitions, and collective practices that demonstrate the significance of these artists’ networks in the city. Observing their processes of identity reconfiguration, her dissertation analyzes topics of travel, exile, and identity in artworks by Jaime Davidovich, Leandro Katz, Eduardo Costa, Marta Minujín, and Alejandro Puente from Argentina; Rafael Ferrer from Puerto Rico; Hélio Oiticica and Anna Bella Geiger from Brazil; Juan Downey from Chile and Luis Camnitzer from Uruguay. She completed her M.A. at The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and her undergraduate studies in Art History at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

McCarty, Carol

Carol McCarty ( received her B.A. in French and Communication at Rutgers University.  Carol’s research interests include cultural heritage studies, public memory, evolution of and commemoration within cities, negative heritage and cemeteries and monuments.

Zachara, Madelyn

Madelyn Zachara is a M.A. student in Art History at Rutgers University. She studies 19th Century American painting with a focus on Hudson River School landscapes. She has interned at the Montclair Museum, the Morris Museum, and Steven Kasher Gallery. While at Steven Kasher, she contributed research and planning to two exhibitions, “Jimmy DeSana: Late Work” and “Fons Iannelli: War/Post-War”. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2016 with a BA in Art History and a double minor in American Studies and Anthropology.

Savakis, James

James Savakis is a second year CHAPS graduate student and is interested in CRM archaeology He has interned in for the CRM office in Stirling, Scotland and attended a field school in East Lothian, Scotland where he helped excavate an Iron Age hill fort. James is currently a Social Studies teacher with a B.A. from Wheaton College in Studio Art and B.A. from William Paterson University in History and Education, with a minor in Anthropology.

Varanese, Sara

Sara has a background in architectural heritage and conservation, obtained in Italy at the Polytechnic University in Turin. While working towards her degree, she started traveling to Bhubaneswar (Orissa, India), where she studied Odissi, an Indian Classical Dance style.
She then focused her research on South Asia: she attended an M.A. in Art History at School of Oriental and African Studies (London), with a thesis on dance and music representations on Hindu religious architecture in Orissa (7th to 13th century AD), in which she tried to approach the relationship between architecture and ritual.
She understands architecture as part of an evolving environmental and socio-cultural context, and is interested in architectural space as it is used and experienced.

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