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Sears, Tamara

Tamara I. Sears


Aug. 2004 Ph.D., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
May 1996 B.A., Art History (high honors), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


South Asian art and architectural history, including traditions connected to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam; Ancient and medieval architecture; Colonial historiography; Landscape studies; Environmental approaches to art history; Iconology; Transregional studies



Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Medieval India (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014).
 Winner of PROSE Award in the category of Architecture and Urban Planning, for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the American Association of Publishers

Mobility, Mercantile Communities, and the Transmission of Architectural Knowledge in Medieval India (special issue of Ars Orientalis, co-edited w/ Nachiket Chanchani, No. 45)



“Mobile Communities and Temple Towns: Kadwāhā at the Turn of the First Millennium A.D.,” in Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia, vol. 2, edited by Ute Franke and Verena Widorn, South Asian Archaeology 2010 (Brepols, 2016), 345-359.

“Following River Routes and Artistic Transmissions in Medieval Central India,” Ars Orientalis 45 (2015): 43-77.

“Reconsidering Kadwaha's Temples: History, Chronology, and Patronage,” in Prāsāda-nidhi: Studies in Indian Temple Architecture and Sculpture, A felicitation volume in honour of Professor M.A. Dhaky, edited by Parul Pandya Dhar and Gerd J. R. Mevissen (Delhi: Aryan International, 2015), 67-83.

“In the Gaze of the Guru: Shikshadana Scenes at Khajuraho,” in Art, Architecture and Iconography in South Asia A Felicitation Volume in Honour of Dr. Devangana Desai, edited by Anila Verghese and Anna L. Dallapiccola (Delhi: Aryan Books, 2015), 151-168.

“Encountering Ascetics On and Beyond the Indian Temple Wall,” in History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann (London: Routledge, 2014), 172-94.

“Mapping Omkareshvara’s Early Medieval Past: Following Sculptural Fragments along the Parikrama Path,” in Patrimoine Culturel de L’Eau: Cities and Settlements, Temples and Tanks in Central India, edited by Michael Willis, et. al. (Bhopal : Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Govt. of M.P., 2014), 113-132.

“From Guru to God: Yogic Prowess and Places of Practice in Early-Medieval India,” in Yoga: The Art of Transformation, edited by Debra Diamond (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2013), 47-57.

“Building Beyond the Temple: Sacred Centers and Living Communities in Medieval Central India,” in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture, edited by Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 123-152.

“Fortified Maṭhas and Fortress Mosques: The Reuse of Hindu Monastic Sites in the Sultanate Period,” Archives of Asian Art 59 (2009): 7-31.

“Constructing the Guru: Ritual Authority and Architectural Space in Medieval India,” The Art Bulletin 40, no. 1 (March 2008): 7-31.

“Śaiva Monastic Complexes in Twelfth-Century Rajasthan: The Pāśupatas and Cāhamānas at Menāl,” South Asian Studies 23 (2007): 107-26.

“‘Whither Vernacular?’: Discussions from the Seminar,” in Traditional and Vernacular Architecture, edited by Subashree Krishnaswami (Madras: Madras Craft Foundation, 2003), 133-40.


Art of India (undergraduate lecture)
Introduction to Asian Art (undergraduate lecture)
Nature, Landscape, and Environmental Art History (graduate seminar)


Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence (2017)
Clark Art Institute (2017)
National Humanities Center (2016)
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Garden and Landscape Studies Program (2015-2016)
Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship, India (2012)
J. Paul Getty Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (non-residential) (2008-2009)
Society of Architectural Historians (2006)
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2001)

Rico, Trinidad

Position: Assistant Professor and Director of CHAPS
Phone: (848) 932-1301

Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

Ph.D. (Anthropology) Stanford University

M.A. (Cultural and Social Anthropology) Stanford University

M.A. (Principles of Conservation) University College London

B.A. (Archaeology) University of Cambridge

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Associate Member of Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology. She is also Senior Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London and currently serving in the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.

Dr Rico's areas of research in critical heritage studies include risk, Islamic materiality, ethnography and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise and heritage ethics. Her current research projects focus on the mobilization of Islamic values in the Arabian Peninsula and the study of heritage and secrecy in South America. She is co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (Ashgate, 2014) and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (University Press of Colorado, 2015); as well as author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage narratives in the tsunami city (UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series, Routledge 2016). She is also founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan) and editor of the first volume of the series, The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents (2017).

Select Publications:


The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents, Heritage Studies in the Muslim World Series, ed. Trinidad Rico (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City. UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series (New York and London: Routledge, 2016).

Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, eds. Kathryn Lafrenz-Samuels and Trinidad Rico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015).

Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices, eds. Karen Exell and Trinidad Rico (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).


“Stakeholder in practice: ‘us’, ‘them,’ and the problem of expertise,” in Archaeologies of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Debating the Politics of Ethnicity and Indigeneity in Archaeology and Heritage Discourse, (eds) Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström, Carl-Gösta Ojala, (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017), 38-52.

"Technology, Technocracy, and the Promise of “Alternative” Heritage Values," in Heritage in Action, eds. H. Silverman, E. Waterton and S. Watson (New York: Springer Press, 2016), 217-230.

“Heritage at Risk: The Authority and Autonomy of a Dominant Preservation Framework,” in Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, eds. K. Lafrenz-Samuels and T. Rico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015), 147-162.

“The Limits of a ‘Heritageat Risk’ Framework:The Construction ofPost-Disaster CulturalHeritage in Banda Aceh,Indonesia,” Journal of Social Archaeology 14.2 (2014): 157-176.

“Islamophobia and the Location of Heritage Debates in the Arabian Peninsula,” in Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices, eds. K. Exell and T. Rico (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014), 19-32.

Fellowships and Awards:

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund Innovation Fund, UK (International co-Investigator, 2016-2017)

UCL Global Engagement Strategy Leadership Fund (International Partner Investigator, 2016-2017)

Universidad de los Lagos, Chile, Programa Nucleos de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (International Partner Investigator, 2016-2017)

Qatar National Research Fund – National Priorities Research Program (co-Lead Principal Investigator, 2015-2018)

Qatar National Research Fund – National Priorities Research Program (Principal Investigator, 2015-2017)


Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, 2016-2018 [link:].

Founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, [link:]).

Sidlauskas, Susan

Position: Professor
Phone: (848) 932-1227
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 and by appointment
Office Location: Beck Hall Livinston, Rm 213

19th Century

sidlauskasbookAbout Susan Sidlauskas

Biographical Information

My primary research interests are concentrated upon the long nineteenth-century, a period when so many of the ideas and art forms that have shaped our culture emerged: Darwin’s theory of evolution, the study of psychology, film, photography, new models of time, as well as a host of radical new forms of visual art and literature.   Both my teaching and research are dedicated to finding a way to demonstrate how those seismic cultural, social, and psychological changes are embedded in the visual structures of the most innovative historical objects we study. Many of my projects have revolved around identifying the traces of how artists collectively imagined the relation of the ever-changing 19th century “self” to its private and public worlds.  I am affiliated with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and a co-founder of a working group on the medical humanities, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson School of Biological Sciences, that is now based at Rutgers’ Center for Cultural Analysis.  I came to Rutgers in 2005, after teaching at the University of Pennsylvania for twelve years.

Undergraduate Classes Taught:

Rethinking the Portrait: seminar. A consideration of an historical form that has enjoyed a resurgence in contemporary art, considering American and European images from 1800 to the present.

The Art of the Body: The Visual Culture of Medicine (with Tanya Sheehan): An interdisciplinary course about the intersection of science and visual culture, intended to appeal to undergraduates from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

Realism: undergraduate lecture. The course begins with the art of the French Revolution and concludes with the archetypal “realist”, Gustave Courbet. Works of art are located in larger historical and theoretical contexts.

Impressionism: The emphasis is on the emergence of leisure to 19th century painting, as well as the political and architectural changes in Paris that made it such a key subject in early modernity.

Graduate Classes Taught:

The Body in 19th Century Art: The representation of the body is historicized and located in a wider cultural, social, and economic context.

Portraiture: Theory and Practice: An examination of historical and contemporary theories about portraiture, in relation to the work of modern artists in a variety of media.

Methods in the History of Art: Introduction to key historical and theoretical texts.


Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture, ed. with Donna Gustafson, exh. cat. Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University and Prestel, London and New York, 2014

Cézanne’s Other: The Portraits of Hortense, University of California Press, 2009
Body, Place and Self in Nineteenth-Century Painting, Cambridge University Press, 2000

Ongoing Book Projects:
Skins: The Metamorphoses of John Singer Sargent. A book on the late portraits.
Select Publications:

“Inside Out: Cézanne’s Perforated Wall,” forthcoming in Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Beata Sontgen, eds. Interiors and Interiority, part of a project on Cézanne’s ‘Domestic Uncanny.’

 “The Spectacle of the Face: Manet’s Portrait of Victorine Meurent,” in Therese Dolan, ed. New Perspectives on Manet, Ashgate Press, London, 2012, the first in a series of essays about Manet and contemporary art.

 “The Not-Beautiful: A Counter-Theme in the History of Women’s Portraiture,” from Picturing Women¸ a collection of essays edited by Susan Shifrin.
Article Text (PDF)
Notes (PDF)

"Emotion, Color, Cézanne (The Portraits of Hortense)" Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Autumn 2004):

"Breaking the Mold," Zimmerli Art Museum, Exhibition (Oct. 23, 2005 - March 12, 2006):

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas, "The Milliners," The Getty Museum, New Acquisition:

Rutgers University, Department of Women's Studies

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Sharp, Jane Ashton

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 732-932-6772
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00-4:00 and by appointment
Office Location: 60 College Ave., Rm 301

Twentieth Century Art, Russian and Soviet Art, Soviet Nonconformist Art

Ph.D. Yale University

Biographical Information:

Dr. Sharp is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and acts as Research Curator of the Dodge Collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum. In addition to teaching she has engaged students in curating and writing for exhibitions that explored abstract painting and Moscow conceptualist art in the Dodge Collection. While at Rutgers she has curated over ten exhibitions drawing from the Dodge Collection and recently curated the reinstallation of the Dodge Collection (2012). She is currently engaged in research for a book on abstract painting in Russia during and after the Thaw (1956-1991).

Her book,
Russian Modernism Between East and West: Natalia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-1914.  (Cambridge University Press, 2006) was awarded the Robert Motherwell Prize from the Dedalus Foundation.

Dr. Sharp has served as editor of the Zimmerli Journal, volumes 1, and 5 (2008, 2003), part 1 (Soviet Nonconformist and Russian Art). She has published extensively on the prerevolutionary Russian avant-garde, and Soviet unofficial art (see attached C.V.).


Russian Modernism between East and West: Natal’ia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-1914. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Awarded the Robert Motherwell Prize by the Dedalus Foundation, 2007.

Select Publications:

“Stsenicheskii dizain, ornament I svoeobrazie kopii v iskusstve Natalii Goncharovoi.” Nataliia Goncharova. Mezhdu Vostokom I Zapadom. I.A. Vakar, ed. Exhibition Catalogue. Moscow: State Tretiakov Gallery, 2013, 64-75.

Jane Sharp

 “The Revolutionary Art of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov.” The Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism: An Introductory Reader (Cultural Syllabus). Dennis G. Ioffe & Frederick H. White, eds. Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2012.

“Natalia Gontcharova, Michel Larionov et les limites du cubisme.” Marc Chagall et l’avant-garde russe. Exhibition Catalogue, Angela Lampe, ed. Paris: Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2011, 74-79.

“Inside the Gap: Art of the Georgian Diaspora (New York, London, Düsseldorf).”  Born in Georgia. Exhibition Catalogue, Jan Hein Sassen, ed. The Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, 2009, 17-27.

 “Makarevich/Elagina and New Histories of Russian Modernism.” Makarevich and Elagina: Mushrooms of the Avant-Garde. Nadim Julien Samman, ed. London: [Art]iculate Art Fund, 2008, 25-31.

Long List of Publications




sharp3a Toshiharu Omuka, Neil McWilliam, John Clark and Jane Sharp at CIHA, "Other Modernities", London 2000

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Current Interests & Research:

Critical debates in Soviet art after 1953
Conceptual art in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
Russian avant-gardes before and after the 1917 revolutions
Art in the postwar Soviet Period
Late 20th-century abstract painting in the former Soviet Union

Undergraduate Classes Taught:

Russian Avant-Gardes of the Twentieth Century
Dissidence and "nonconformist" strategies in Soviet Art
Soviet Art, Nonconformist and Other
Modernism between East and West: Central and East-European Art 1900-1990
Globalization and Modernist Art
Art in the One Party State (Russia, Germany, Italy and China)
Sculpture "in the Expanded Field"
Conceptual Art
20th Century Art of the Soviet Republics

Graduate Classes Taught:

Theories of the Avant-Garde
Utopias and Realities: The Social Uses of Art in Central and Eastern Europe
Primitivism and Difference
Abstract Painting "Once Removed"
Approaches to the History of Art
Global Conceptualisms











Thunø, Erik

Position: Professor and Chairperson Medieval Art
Phone: (848) 932-1260
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
Office Location: Room 108

Medieval Art

Ph.D, Johns Hopkins, 2000

Biographical Information:

My area of interest is western medieval art from the early Christian period to the late Middle Ages. Although Italy is a main geographical focus of my research, my goal is not to work on Italy per se, but to engage conceptually with medieval visual representation in ways that combine object-based and historical research with current approaches and theoretical frameworks. In past publications, I have worked on reliquaries in Rome and medieval image theory, icons and semiotics, interactions between images and altars, the miracle-working image between the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the ‘iconicity’ of script.My next book, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, is the first large-scale study on the apse mosaics produced in Rome between the sixth and ninth centuries. Here, I situate the mosaics within their viewer-oriented and ritual contexts and rethink issues related to time, repetition, materiality, vision, and the cult of martyrs.

Select Publications:



The Apse Mosaic in Early Medieval Rome. Time, Network, and Repetition. Cambridge University Press. In press.

Image and Relic. Mediating the Sacred in Early Medieval Rome. (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2002).

Decorating the Lord’s Table. On the Dynamics between Image and Altar in the Middle Ages, eds. Søren Kaspersen and Erik Thunø (Copehagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006).

The Miraculous Image in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, eds. Erik Thunø and Gerhard Wolf (Rome: L’erma di Bretschneider, 2004).


“The Pantheon in the Middle Ages,” in The Pantheon. History, Meanings, Intentions, eds. Mark Wilson Jones and Tod Marder (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) forthcoming.

“’Living Stones’ of Jersalem. The Triumphal Arch Mosaic in S. Prassede in Rome,” in Visuaql Constructs of Jersalem, eds. Bianca Kühnel et. A. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013) forthcoming.

“Thessalonikian Weddings. The Miracle at Cana in Saint Nicolas Orphanos,” in Synergies in Visual Culture / Bildkulturen im Dialog, Festschrift für Gerhard Wolf, eds. Manuela De Giorgi, Annette Hoffmann, Nicola Suthor (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2013), 315-25.

“Inscriptions and Divine Presence. Golden Letters in the Early Medieval Apse Mosaic,” in The Iconicity of Script, ed. Jeffrey Hamburger, Word and Image 27.3 (2011): 279-91.

:Inscriptions on Light and Splendor. From Saint-Denis to Rome and Back,” in Inscriptions in Liturgical Spaces, eds. Kristin B. Aavitsland and Turid Karlsen Seim, Acta ad archaeologiam et atrium pertinentia 24, nw. 10 (2011): 139-59.

Fellowships and Awards:

Richard Krautheimer Professor at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kunstgeschichte), Rome (2014-15)
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Clark Art Institute
Carlsberg Foundation
Danish Research Council of the Humanities
Danish Research Academy
Queen Ingrid Foundation for Roman Studies at the Danish Academy in Rome
Fulbright Commission
Johns Hopkins University
Villa Spelman, Florence (Johns Hopkins University)


Member of Nominating Committee, International Center of Medieval Art, 2009-2010

Session chair at the international conference: "Interactions. Artistic Interchange between the Eastern and Western Worlds in the Medieval Period," Princeton Index of Christian Art, Princeton University, 8-9 April 2005.

Organized with Gerhard Wolf the international conference L’immagine miracolosa nella cultura tardomedievale e rinascimentale as a collaboration between the Danish Academy and The Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte) in Rome, 31 May - 2 June 2002

Organized and chaired with Søren Kaspersen the double-session Image and Altar: Interrelationships at the 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, 3-6 May 2001

Member of editorial board of Analecta Romana Instituti Danici and co-editor of the volumes 27-30 (2000-2004)


“‘All Eye:’ Some Thoughts on the Representation of Christ in the Early Medieval Apse, Johns Hopkins University, April 2012

Participation in international roundtable discussion on the state of Italian art history, Forum Kunstgeschichte Italiens, Munich, April 2012

"The Eye and the Apse. On Seeing and Being Seen in Early Medieval Art," the Ritchie Markoe Scribner '75 Lecture in the Department of Art History, New York University, March 2011

"'Living Stones.' Jerusalem and the Body," Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and organized by the European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, November 2010

“The Early Medieval Apse Mosaic. Observations on Liturgy and Reception,” at the Delaware Valley Medieval Association’s annual meeting, hosted by Medieval Studies at Princeton University, December 2008

“Inscriptions on Light and Splendor. From Saint Denis to Rome and Back,” Inscriptions in Liturgical Spaces, Norwegian Academy in Rome, November 2008

“Church Unity and the Reciprocal Gaze. Considerations on Some Early Medieval Apse Mosaics,” Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, April 2008

“ From Holy Fragment to Material Artifact and Back. On Relic and Image in Early Medieval Visual Culture,” /The Interrelationship of Relics and Images in Christian and Buddhist Culture/, University of Tokyo, December 2007

“The Implied Viewer. The Case of Ss. Cosmas and Damian in Rome,” Claremont Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2007, Kalamazoo MI

“Text Image and Time in some Early Christian Mosaics,” Visual Representation and Cultural History Seminar, Harvard University, April 2006

“The Word made Flesh. Text as Image in Early Christian Rome,” Tensions between Image and Text in Medieval Art, College Art Association, Boston, February 2006

“From Neglect to Sacred Space. The Discovery and Institutionalization of the Miracle-Working Image of the Early Modern Period,” The Sacred and Idolized Image, 28th International Colloquium of Art History, Universidad Nacional Autnoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Campeche, 24-29 October 2004

“Transgressing the Sanctioned Space: The City Moves Closer to God,” Sites et territoires de l’histoire de l’art, 31e Congrès du Comité international d’histoire de l’art (CIHA), Montreal, August 2004

“The Miraculous Image in the Italian Renaissance,” Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, March 2004

“Materializing the Invisible in Ealy Medieval Rome: The Case of S. Maria in Domnica,” Verbal and Pictorial Imaging. Representing and Accessing Experience of the Invisible 400-1000, University of Utrecht, December 2003

“The Enamelled Cross from the Sancta Sanctorum: Material and Iconography,” History of Enamel from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, The Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities, The British Museum, London, November 1999

“Image and Intercession: The Apse Mosaic of Sta. Maria in Domnica,” Bilder in Texten - Texte in Bildern. Zur Korrelation und Kontradiktion von Text und Bild im Wirkungskreis der Bibel, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, October 1999

“A Monumental Reliquary: Santa Prassede in Rome,” 33rd International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 1998


Current Interests & Research:

--Medieval art in Italy
--Carolingian art
--Cult images in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
--Byzantine art

Undergraduate Classes Taught:

--Carolingian art
--Early Medieval art
--Medieval art
--Romanesque and Gothic Art
--The Imagery and Achitecture of Medieval Rome
--Rome Summer Abroad

Graduate Classes Taught:

--Narrative cycles in the Middle Ages
--The Mosaics of Medieval Rome: New --Approaches
--The Medieval Image. Concepts and Theories
--Text and Image in Early Medieval Art
--Methods of Art History

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