Newsletter 1999

Vol. 1, n. 1

Faculty News
Graduate News
Undergraduate News
Alum News

This is the inaugural issue of a department newsletter that we hope to publish electronically each year -- and if things work out in printed form.  We are hoping that it will allow all of us to stay in better communication.  This issue concentrates on what is going on at homebase because it is the first.  We would like future issues to include more of your news.  Please send any suggestions for future story items to Sarah Blake McHam, Chair.


The Art Library is the fortunate recipient of a bequest of more than $400,000 from the estate of Beatrice MacCarter, a former employee of the university!  The gift is unrestricted and can be used all at once or over the years.  A committee has been appointed to examine the most valuable ways in which to spend the money and enhance the library.  Suggestions solicited from faculty and students have focused on more computer stations with attached printers, scanners, color xerox machines, electronic resources such as bibliographic databases, and fundamental books and journals that the library has been unable to acquire in the past.  If you have any ideas about what should be purchased, please send them to Sarah Blake McHam, Chair, Art History Department.


A reunion breakfast will be held in the Verdugo Room of the Omni Hotel from 7:30-9.  We hope to see all you west-coasters there.


An international conference, organized by Prof. Archer St. Clair Harvey, with the help of Sharon Lorenzo, a current graduate student and lawyer, and the Global Studies Program, headed by alum Dean Seth Gopin, was held from October 30-November 1 in Voorhees Hall.  More than 300 museum professionals, arts administrators, legal experts, dealers, professors, and students from all over the world registered for the conference.



At the conference: Archer St. Clair Harvey with Malcolm Bell, Professor of Archaeology,
University of Virginia

Sessions focused on areas of the world in which the cultural heritage was most endangered, such as Iraq, Italy, China, Mali, and Bosnia, alternated with panels in which museum professionals, archaeologists, dealers, and law enforcement officials spoke on how best to eliminate illegal traffic in artifacts.  Representing the regions were speakers such asMuhammed Filipovic, Bosnian ambassador to the UK and a member of the Bosnian Academy of Arts and Sciences,Tereba Togola of the Ministry of Art and Culture of Mali, Samuel Sidible, Director of Mali's National Museum,  Zou Heng, one of China's foremost archaeologists and Chair of the Chinese Society of Archaeology, and Mario Bondioli-Osio of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

The role of museums, both in fostering and preventing the international traffic in objects, was articulated by speakers such as Drs. Wolf-Dieter Heilmeyer of the National Museums, Berlin; Marion True of the Getty Museum, Malibu; Thomas Killion and Jenny Fong-Suk So of the Smithsonian Museums, Washington, D.C.  Representatives of UNESCO, Canadian Heritage, the USIA, Scotland Yard and the FBI also delivered papers.

Prof. St. Clair Harvey's graduate seminar relating to the conference has been invited as a group to review Patrick O'Keefe's new book on ethics and the international trade in antiquities for the International Journal of Cultural Property.   Approximately 25 undergraduates and graduate students from the Art History Department participated in seminars related to the conference over the semesters of its preparation.  Many other students from the department worked as volunteers.  
Two members of the Art History faculty participated as speakers: Profs.Angela Falco Howard in the panel on China and Sarah Brett-Smith in that on Africa.  Architectural projects from the class of Prof. Carla Yanni decorated the conference site in Voorhees Hall.  Art History students working on the conference made many valuable contacts, for ex., one whose research focused on Latin America in Prof. St. Clair Harvey's seminar was invited by Prof. Steve Bourget to join his excavation in Peru.  
Major funding for the conference was provided by the Getty Grant Program, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Emily and John Harvey Foundation, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  
The conference was reported in local papers, in the Boston Globe, and filmed by PBS, which conducted more that fifteen hours of interviews with the speakers and panelists as phase one of their proposed documentary on the subject.  Phase two will be on site at areas around the world where the cultural patrimony is threatened.



Art History faculty and students were all in attendance at Mary Torbinski's retirement party held in April at the Zimmerli Art Museum.  Many of you benefitted from Mary's special attention during the fifteen years she worked in the department, as we all did.  It was a bittersweet celebration but we appreciated that Mary had long wanted to devote full-time attention to her own family -- and wish her a long and happy retirement.


Mary flanked by party goers
click picture to enlarge & for more pictures

Sadly, we learned at just about the same time that Grace Duffy, whom Mary Torbiniski replaced, died.  Many of you probably remember her with fondness.

Mary Hoffman Photo

Mary Hoffman

The department is very fortunate to have hired Mary Hoffmanaway from the Dept. of Computer Science.  She is equally competent, warm, and hard-working so the department is operating with its usual efficiency and welcoming atmosphere.



Last spring also marked the retirement of Beryl Smith, an alum and long-time librarian in the Art Library.  At the party held in her honor, and attended by all the grateful faculty and graduate students whose initiation into the world of bibliographic databases and other computerized wonders she had made so smooth, there was a equal sense of loss and happiness that Beryl will get to pursue the avocations she loves so much.  Again, we have been lucky.  Maya Gervits, formerly a curator at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg and after settling here, a librarian at the Marquand Art Library, Princeton University, was hired to assist Halina Rusak.


Thanks to the able efforts of Prof. Jack Spector, the founder;  Prof.James Smalls, long-time director; and Profs. Martin EidelbergSeth GopinSarah Blake McHam, and Elizabeth McLachlan, who all taught in the program, the department's summer program in Paris has become a rousing success.  The program offers two three-week courses in English that expose undergraduates from a range of universities to a survey of the history of art and architecture of Paris and the Ile-de-France taught on site.  The department intends to use program profits to underwrite more scholarships for interested undergraduates and, if current high enrollments hold, to offer a fellowship to a graduate student who will help part-time with logistics.


The most recent issue of the RAR was recently guided through publication by its hard-working editors, Julia Alderson and Alexis Boylan.  It is full of interesting articles and an interview with Keith Christiansen, Curator of European Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Its successor is already well underway.  Any of you not yet subscribers are missing an opportunity, which you can readily rectify by writing to the RAR, c/o the department, or consulting its information page elsewhere on this Web site.

Faculty News


Matthew Baigell published Jewish American Artists and the Holocaust (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997).  Martin Eidelberg is the editor of Designed for Delight, Alternative Aspects of Twentieth-Century Decorative Arts (Paris and New York:  Flammarion and Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, 1997); concurrently published as Le plaisir de l'objet; nouveau regard sur les arts décoratifs du xxe siècle (Paris: Flammarion and Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts).  Rona Goffen's Titian's Women (Yale University Press) appeared in 1997.  She also edited for Cambridge University Press Titian's Venus of  Urbino(1997) and  Masaccio's Trinity (1998). Angela Falco Howard is co-author of.Chinese Sculpture (with Wu Hong and Li Song), to be published jointly by Yale University Press, New Haven, and the Foreign Press, Beijing, 1998.

cover of Tod Marder's Book on Bernini

Tod Marder's  Bernini's Scala Regia at the Vatican Palace. Architecture, Sculpture, and Ritual was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997; his Bernini and the Art of  Architecture (Abbeville Press) appeared in August 1998 and was translated into Italian and French (the French edition was awarded a prize by the Centre National des Lettres ).

Joan Marter's revision of Alexander Calder (original publication, Cambridge University Press, 1991) was reprinted a third time in paperback.  She also edited  and wrote the main essay of the catalogue of Women and Abstract Expressionism; Painting and Sculpture 1945-1959 (New York: Baruch College, City University of New York, 1997), to which many of  the department's graduate students contributed.  The exhibition won second place in the judging of the Best Gallery Show in the U.S.A. awarded by the International Association of Art Critics. 
She was the co-organizer and guest consulting scholar for the exhibition "The Rutgers Years: Creating a New American Art," held at the Newark Museum last Spring.  She is also the editor of the accompanying publication, Off Limits: Rutgers University And The Avant-garde, which is being published by Rutgers University Press.  Sarah Blake McHam edited Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture (Cambridge University Press, 1998).  Elizabeth Parker McLachlan was an associate editor of and contributor to Medieval England: an Encyclopedia (New York: Garland, 1998).  Catherine Puglisi is the author of Caravaggio (Phaidon Press, Ltd., 1998) and Francesco Albani to be published in late 1998 or early 1999 by Yale University Press.   Jocelyn Penny Small's Wax Tablets of the Mind: Cognitive Studies of Literacy and Memory in Classical Antiquity (London and New York: Routledge) appeared in 1997.  James Smalls's Esclave, Nègre, Noir: The Black Presence in French Art from 1789 to 1870 is in production at the University of California Press.  Jack Spector's Surrealist Art and Writing, 1919 to 1939, The Gold of Time was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997.  Mariët Westermann's book, The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the Seventeenth Century, was published in the US by the University of Washington Press, and in Zwolle (Netherlands) by Waanders in 1997. Carla Yanni is the author of Nature's Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display, Athlone Press, due out in 1999.


Joan Marter was honored for her distinguished graduate teaching at a ceremony in May 1998.

Rona Goffen was named a Board of Governors Professor during the fall semester 1998.

Angela Falco Howard was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Professors (August 1998-January 1999) to conduct a comparative study of the early Buddhist cave of Kizil in Central Asia (Xinjiang) and the Liang caves of Gansu (Northwest China), which will allow her to widen her expertise concerning the early phase of Buddhist development  in China during the fourth century A.D.  Joan Marter won grants from the NEA and from the Henry Luce Foundation for the upcoming exhibition for which she is co-organizer, "The Rutgers Years: Creating a New American Art."  Jocelyn Penny Small, now former Director of the Lexicon lconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, received grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to match the earlier NEH grant to the Lexicon.  The NEH grant to the Lexicon was also extended until the year 2000.  Catherine Puglisi, who was awarded an American Philosophical Society Grant to work on attitudes toward the antique in Baroque Italy, is on sabbatical in Rome this year.  Mariët Westermann received an American Philosophical Society Grant for her project on "Dutch Interiors: The Art of Home and Privacy, 1610-1700,"  that she used during summer 1998.  The Denver Art Museum obtained an National Endowment for the Humanities Award for 1997-98 for the planning stages of the exhibition on this subject that she is curating for them.


The department is digitizing the collection's more than 300,000 slides and photographs for their eventual convenient access via the internet. Sarah Blake McHam, Chair of Art History, and Donald Beetham, Curator, Visual Resources Collection, Art History -NB, met throughout the year with faculty representatives of the Art History Departments in Newark and Camden, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cook College to establish a common database system and standards of digitization so that the smaller collections of visual resources in these other departments could be digitalized along with the collection of the Department of Art History-NB and made available to all interested faculty on all campuses of Rutgers for classroom use. Several grant proposals to fund the project have been submitted to various university funding committees. 

Access to digitized visual images will facilitate the work of students and faculty,  and could be used in the future to make the unique resources of the department's visual image collections -- and those of other departments at Rutgers University -- available to faculty and students not taking courses, for their own research, general education needs, or for non-classroom electronic teaching. 

Mr. Beetham continues to develop the department's Web site to offer more complete and attractively presented information about all the department's programs, public events, permanent and visiting faculty, and graduate students. More and more of the undergraduate courses taught each semester have their own individual Web sites. 

John Kenfield, Associate Professor, Art History Department and alum Jeffrey Wechsler, Senior Curator of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, have been awarded a grant by the Museum Loan Network, a joint initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of the Arts.  The grant is intended to enhance the breadth of the museum's range of works of art and to improve the quality of teaching in the department by incorporating appropriate works of art from the museum, or borrowed on long-term loan from other museums, into the department's courses.  Professor Kenfield is also instrumental in identifying the objects to be borrowed from under-utilized collections around the country.  The incorporation of works of art in the museum into the department's survey course, which will begin with the first paper assignment in Fall 1998, will make students more aware of the museum's collections and allow them easy access to the direct experience of works of art.  Because images of these objects are also being put on the Art History Department's Web site, the museum's collections will become better-known worldwide. 

Another collaborative initiative was devised by Phillip Dennis Cate, Director of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and an adjunct faculty member of the department.  The exchange program between the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Art History Department-NB allows faculty members at both institutions to travel to the other country to give lectures, to visit museum collections, and to meet with faculty and students.  It is funded by the Mellon Foundation.  In summer 1998 Matthew Baigell traveled to St. Petersburg.  In fall semester 1998 Prof. Elena Vladimirovna Nesterova visited Rutgers and gave a public lecture at the museum on socialist realism. .  The exchange will allow approximately twelve more such exchange visits during 1998-2000. 

Another significant program, conceived by Phillip Dennis Cate and funded by the A. W. Mellon Foundation, supports faculty members developing new courses that exploit the works of art in the museum's collection. Such courses give undergraduates an extraordinary opportunity to study directly from works of art.  During 1997-98 Professor Mariët Westermann developed a new undergraduate seminar based  on the prints in the museum's collection.  Professor Angela Falco Howard taught an undergraduate seminar with Professor Paul Schalow of the Asian Studies Department on the relationship between text and image in Japanese art.  Professor James Smalls is working on a similar type of undergraduate seminar involving the museum's French nineteenth- and twentieth-century graphic arts.  Others on the graduate level are being given during 1998-99, and still more undergraduate and graduate seminars are being planned.

Graduate News



Stephanie Leone, a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy for 1998-99  and a two-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (1998-2000); Abigail McLaughlin Berler, a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy (travel only) 1998-99; Pamela Phillips was named an alternate for a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, and Kimberly Byrd was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey for 1998-99.

Craig Eliason and Lois Munemitsu-Eliaison were invited to continue their dissertation research at the University of Leiden as fellows in the exchange program established between Rutgers and the University of Leiden.  They are the first graduate students in the department to do so.


Lois and Craig
at the
Rietveld House


Tricia Laughlin, "Tamara de Lempicka's Women," Art Criticism, 13, no. 1 (1998), 97-106 
Matthew Nichols, Entries on Keith Haring and Craig Owens, The Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures, ed. George E.Haggerty (in press, 1998) 
Pamela Phillips, "Seeing the Looking in Pontormo's Vertumnus and Pomona," Rutgers Art Review, 16 (1996); appeared in 1997 
Flavia Rando, "Nancy Azara: Sculpture, " Donahue/Sosinski Art, 1997; "Feminist Pedagogy and Non-traditional Students," On the Issues (forthcoming, Fall 1998); "The Person with AIDs: The Body, The Feminine, and the Names Project Memorial Quilt," Gendered Epidemic: Identity, Theory, and Policy, eds. Nancy Roth and Katie Hogan, Routledge Press (forthcoming, Spring, 1998) 
Sarah Taft, 11 Catalog entries, The Glory of Byzantium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997 
Jennifer Tonkovich, "Two Studies for the Gesù and a 'Quarantore' Design by Bernini," Burlington Magazine, 140 (1998) 
Midori Yoshimoto, "The Art of Giving. Recent Additions to the Zimmerli's Japonisme Collection Acquired with Funds from Brother International Corporation, New Brunswick: The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum," 1998, 1-20. 
George Baker ( a Rutgers College graduate), "Fuseli's Orpheus, a Drawing Found," On Paper, 2 (July/August 1998), 15-17 


Alexis L. Boylan - "Strangers in a Strange Land: Zoffany's Cock Match", Third Annual Philadelphia Symposium on the History of Art, March 1998 
Adrienne DeAngelis, "Danese Cattaneo's Apollo Wellhead Project for the Mint of Venice," New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida, March 1998 
Caroline Goeser, "Aaron Douglas and the Revision of African American Origins", National Association of African American Studies Conference, Houston, February 1998; and Chaired panel, "Feminist Art in a 'Postfeminist' Period", South Central Women's Studies Association Conference, University of Houston, March 1998 
Gabriela Jasin, "God's Oddities:  Two Sculptures of Medici Dwarfs," Renaissance Society of America National Conference, March 1990 
Stephen Lucey, "Image, Space and Program:  The Case of S. Maria Antiqua," 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 1998 
Lois Munemitsu Eliason - "Donatello's Pulpit at Prato and the Vision of the Assumption," Frick Symposium in the History of Art [sponsored by the Frick Museum and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University] April 1998; and The Eleventh Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida, March 1998 
Matthew G. Nichols - "Spotlight:  Andy Warhol's Electric Chairs", May 1998 
Pamela Phillips, "Renaissance Art:  The Problem of Narrative," Zimmerli Museum, March 1998 
Alison C. Poe , "Images of Cities in the Hypogaeum of the Aurelii," Polis and Urbs:  Interpreting Civic Space and Identity, Stanford University, February, 1998 
Flavia Rando, "Linda Nochlin and Feminist Art History:  An Appreciation," Annual College Art Association Conference, February, 1998


Congratulations to the following who received their PhDs last year.  Listed below are their dissertation topics:

Nicholas Capasso, "The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Context: Commemorative Public Art in America, 1960-1997" (J. Marter, adviser) 
Adrienne De Angelis, "La Virtù Fa Sempre Vivo: Danese Cattaneo and the Monument to Giano Fregoso in Sant'Anastasia, Verona" (S.B. McHam, adviser) 
Kathleen Enz  Finken, "The Programmatic Sources of the Earliest Christian Art: Salvation History in the Catacomb of Callistus" ( A. St. Clair, adviser) 
Joanna Gardner-Huggett, "English Constructive Art in the 1930s" (J. Marter, adviser) 
Gregory Gilbert, "The Alternate Aesthetic: Robert Motherwell's Early Collages and the Formative Years of Abstract Expressionism" (M. Baigell, adviser) 
Ferris Olin, "Consuming Passions: Women Art Collectors and Cultural Politics in the United States, 1945-1995" (J. Marter, adviser) 
Claire Renkin, "Correggio and the Art of Arousal in Religious Painting" ( S.B. McHam, adviser) 
ZB Smetana, "Titian's Mirror: Self-Portrait and Self-Image in the Late Works" ( R.Goffen, adviser)

And to the Master's degree recipients:

Kelley Helmstutler (continuing to PhD) 
Gabriela Jasin (continuing to PhD) 
Abigail McLaughlin Berler (continuing to PhD) 
Lois Munemitsu (continuing to PhD) 
JoAnn Telemdschinow
Jennifer Tonkovich (continuing to PhD) 
Julie Tulip-Walsh
Ian Verstegen
Kelly Winquist (continuing to PhD)


Julia Alderson, Curatorial Assistant, Corporate Art Program, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick; Britt Beedenbender, Curatorial Staff, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, N. H.;  Nicholas Capasso, Senior Curator, DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, Mass.; Holly Connor, Curator of American Art, The Newark Museum; Aliza Edelman, curatorial staff, The Jewish Museum, New York City; Donna Gustafson, Senior Exhibition Coordinator, American Federation of Arts, New York City; Ann Marie Iversen, Exhibition Coordinator, American Federation of Arts, New York City; Michele Marcantonio, Curator, Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire; Pamela Phillips, Associate Curator of Education, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Ct.; Claire Renkin, Curatorial Intern, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Mass.; Nancy Siegel, Curator, Shoemaker Art Gallery, Juniata College, Juniata, Pa.; Jennifer Tonkavitch, Curatorial Staff, Department of Prints and Drawings, J. P. Morgan Library, New York; Michael Zakian, Museum Director, Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California


Constanza Barbieri, Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara, Italy; Philip Earenfight, Instructor and Director of Shoemaker Art Gallery, Juniata College, Juniata, Pa.; Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum School; Caroline Goeser, adjunct faculty, University of Houston


Kelley Helmstutler escorting class 
from the University 
of Rochester to Florence

Kelley Helmstutler, part-time instructor, University of Rochester program in Arezzo, Italy, and Union College Program in Florence; Scott Montgomery, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; Amy Mooney, adjunct faculty, University of Illinois, Chicago; Dennis Raverty, Assistant Professor, Pittsburgh State University; Jenni Schlossman, adjunct faculty, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Priscilla Schwarz, adjunct faculty, University of Oklahoma; ZB Smetana, Instructor, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky; Stephanie Smith, Instructor, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio; and Elizabeth Vogel, Assistant Director, Writing Program, English Department, Rutgers University-NB


Meredith Arms Bzdak was named Director of Corporate Communications at the RBA Group, a consulting and design firm that has specialized in providing engineering, architectural, and planning services to public and private building and infrasturcture industry.  The firm has offices in the eastern US and in east Asia.  Her book Public Sculpture in New Jersey: Monuments to Collective Identity will be published by Rutgers University Press in 1999.

Undergraduate News


Eight students completed Honors in Art History in 1997-98.  Their names, thesis titles, and names of advisers are listed below:

Shoshana Klein, "Peter Paul Rubens' Portraits of His Wives: A Study in Painted Identity," Mari t Westermann, Adviser. 
Helen Tsui, "A Musical Analysis of the Dipylon Vase," John Kenfield, Adviser 
Jay Schultz, "Heironymus Bosch's Visions of Hell," Martin Eidelberg, Adviser. 
Amy Weinstein, "A Critical Analysis of Classical Greek Sculpture: The Parthenon Sculptural Program and its Patriarchal Origins," John Kenfield, Adviser. 
A. Asa Eger, "The Piscinae at Tel Tenninim: A Comparative Study of Ancient and Modern Aquaculture in Israel," John Kenfield, Adviser. 
Margaret Gulk, "Architectural Constructions of Memory: A Comparison of Kenzo Tange and Daniel Libeskind," Carla Yanni, Adviser. 
Beatriz Pelaez, "Bernini as Portraitist: The Significance of Bernini's Portrait of Costanza," Catherine Puglisi, Adviser. 
Bryan Kessler, "Form Follows the Mouse: An Interpretation of Disney Architectural Projects and Films under Michael Eisner," Carla Yanni, Adviser.

For the first time the department scheduled a symposium during Honors Week in April 1998, in which these students presented the results of their research publicly.  Friends and family were invited by mailed invitations; faculty and current students were also encouraged to attend.  The event and reception afterwards were organized by Professor Carla Yanni.  It was a great hit with the audience, especially with the proud families.

Alumni News


.  Drs. Lilian Zirpolo (who will be teaching two undergraduate courses in the department in Spring 1999) and Joanna Gardner-Huggett have organized an international conference entitled "Woman Art Patrons and Collectors: Past and Present" to be held at the New York Public Library, March 18-20, 1999.  Dozens of scholars from all over the world will be participating, including alums Ferris Olin, Adrienne De Angelis, Ute Tellini, Cheryl Kramer, and Head Art Librarian, Halina Rusak.  For a complete schedule of the conference and a registration form, see