Newsletter 2000

Vol. 2, n. 1 - Fenruary 2000

St. Petersburg Cultural Exchange
CAA New York
Faculty News
Graduate News
Alumni News
Visual Resources Collection
Rutgers Art Review
Zimmerli Museum
Art Library

General News


In the fall of 1999, Dr. Jane Sharp (Ph.D. Yale University) joined the Art History department as Assistant Professor.  She holds a joint appointment with the Zimmerli Art Museum where she is Research Curator of the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist art.  Visit the Faculty page to learn more about Dr. Sharp’s research interests.


The department is delighted to announce the receipt of a $25,000 award from the Henry Luce Foundation to support graduate student research in the field of American art.  In acknowledgment of this distinguished honor, the Grad School has matched the grant so that the department can offer five full dissertation fellowships over the next three years.


Come and visit to see the renovations to the main department office!


The department is sponsoring four lectures this spring to which you are all cordially invited to attend:

February 21, 4:30pm-- Sible de Blaauw, Dutch Institute, Rome, “The high altar of Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls, Rome:  The Early Christian Arrangement and its Reinterpretations, from Gregory the Great to Luigi Poletti, Zimmerli Art Museum, Education Room

February 22, 4:30pm—Ziva Amishai-Maisels, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “German and Israeli Reactions to the Holocaust in Art,” The Inaugural Eig Family Lecture at Brower Commons, 145 College Ave.

March 1, 4:30pm—Sebastian Schűtze, University of Münster, “Discovering Parnassus: Cardinal Maffeo Barberini and the Felsina Pittrice

March 30, 4:30—Katherine Smith, New York Univeristy, “Ideology and Pedagogy: Context and Function of the Infancy Miracles in the Neville of Hornby Hours”, Zimmerli Art Museum, Education Room

The annual grad student symposium will take place on Monday, April 10.

Also to attend: Prof. Tod Marder Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (March 2000)

St. Petersburg Cultural Exchange

The faculty is engaged in an ongoing exchange program with the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, Russia, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation.  Since its inception in 1998, Professors Vladimir Lissovsky (History of Architecture),  Elena Vladimirovna Nesterova (Russian Art), Tatiana Verizhnikova (19th-Century), Andrei Punin (History of Architecture), and Elena Mozgovaia (18th-Century) have visited New Brunswick. Professor Baigell, Yanni, Blake Mcham and Westermann have so far returned the invitation.  Prof. Puglisi is traveling there in April.  The next Russian professor to come will be Illya Dorontchenkov (History or Modern Art) whom we are welcoming in the spring.  Participants in the exchange present lectures in their area of specialization and are offered the opportunity to pursue research in local libraries and museums.

CAA New York, February 23-26

The department is proud to announce that Prof. Sarah Blake McHam is Art History Theme Co-Chair of the convention.  The subject of the thematic session in art history is “The Historiography of Art History”.

A record eight members of the department are chairing or co-chairing sessions:  Prof. Matthew Baigell, “Jewish Holocaust in Art” (Thurs.9:30am-12); Prof. Joan Marter, “Art in the Nuclear Age: Fertile or Subversive Model” (Thurs. 2:30-5pm); Prof. Tod Marder, “The Pantheon and Its Reception in the Post-Antique World” (Thurs. 8-10:30pm); Prof. Angela Howard, “Central Asian Buddhist Art: Expanding a Multicultural Methodology” (Fri. 2:30-5pm); Prof. Mariët Westermann, “Early Modern Biography as Art Criticism, ca. 1500-1800” (Fri. 2:30-5pm); Prof. Carla Yanni, “Visual Display: Science, Art, and Wonder” (Fri. 5:30-8pm); Prof. Jack Spector, “An ABC for Art History: Childhood Education and Modernism” (Sat. 9:30am-12); Prof. Catherine Puglisi, “Ancients and Moderns in Italian Art, 1500-1700” (Sat. 2:30-5pm)

Alumna Ferris Olin is both chairing “Re-writing the History of 20th-Century American Art” (Thurs. 12:30-2) and speaking: “The Library as Activist: Documenting Contemporary Women Artists” in the Open Session on Archives of the Avant-Garde (Fri, 5:30-8pm). Alumna Carline Goeser will present her paper “Religion as ‘Power Site for Cultural Resistance’ in Harlem Renaissance Art’ in the session “Art History and the Visual Culture of American Religions” (Fri. 5:30-8pm), and alum Stephen Lucey’s paper is “’Something Old, Something Borrowed…’: Venerable Images in the Decorative Programs at Santa Maria Antigua, Rome” in the session “Images within Images” (Fri. 5:30-8pm).  Marice Rose, grad student in the department, will speak on “Bangles, Baubles, and Beads: The Trier Ceiling’s Women in Context” in the Open Session on Greek and Roman Art (Fri. 5:30-8pm).

Reunion at CAA, Friday, February 25, 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel.  We look forward to seeing you all there.


Faculty News


Sarah Blake McHam’s Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture(Cambridge, 2000) and Catherine Puglisi’s Caravaggio (Phaidon, 2000) are both being issued in softcover.  Martin Eidelberg has two books currently in press.  He is editor for Design for Living (Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts), which surveys furniture and lighting from the second half of the twentieth century, and he has authored The Ceramic Forms of Lez McVey, a monograph on the award-winning but forgotten American ceramacist.

Rona Goffen has two books  in progress for Yale University Press:Renaissance Rivals: Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, andRenaissance Women: Art and Life in Italy, 1300-1600.  Recent articles include “Lotto’s Lucretia,” Renaissance Quarterly, 52, 1999, and “Crossing the Alps: Portraiture in Renaissance Venice,” in Renaissance Venice and the North (Milan, 1999). As a follow up to the international conference headed by Archer St. Clair Harvey in Nov. ’98, Dr. Harvey is editing Art, Antiquity and the Law: Preserving our Global Cultural Heritage, to be jointed published by Rutgers University Press and the Institute of Art and Law.  Watch out for the PBS documentary on the same topic that Prof. St Clair is currently co-producing.  Tod Marderhas published "Rapporti fra Cortona e Bernini architetti," Pietro da Cortona.Atti del convegno internazionale Roma-Firenze, 12-15 novembre 1997, eds. C.L. Frommel-S. Schütze (Milan, 1998); "Il teatro del potere: la Roma di Alessandro VII (1655-1667)," Casabella 667, LXIII, May 1999, and essays in Bernini: regista del barocco, eds. M.G. Bernardini- M. Fagiolo dell'Arco (Rome, 1999), and in The Triumph of the Baroque:Architecture of the 17th and 18th Centuries in Europe, ed. H. Millon, (Milan, 1999); and in Modena 1598-1711. L'Invenzione di una capitale, eds. C. Conforti, G. Curcio, M. Bulgarelli, (Milan, 1999).  Jack Spector’sSurrealist Art and Writing, 1919 to 1939, The Gold of Time (Cambridge, 1999) has come out in paperback.  He is the editor of and contributor to a forthcoming issue of American Imago and his “A Symbolist Antecedent of the Androgynous Q in Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q.,” appeared in Source, XVIII, no. 4, 1999.  Mariët Westermann’s monograph,Rembrandt, will be published by Phaidon in July;  she is organizing an exhibition, “Dutch Interiors”, to open in Fall 2001 (Newark) and Winter 2002 (Denver); the catalogue is being published by Waanders and the whole projet has been supported by the NEH. Carla Yanni publishedNature’s Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display(Johns Hopkins Press, 2000 and Athlone, 1999).


Sarah Blake McHam has been named a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study for Fall 2000 for a book on Pliny’s influence in the Renaissance.

Tod Marder was the winner of the XXXV Premio Daria Borghese, May 1999 (annual juried  award for best book on a Roman topic by a non-Italian) and translation Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Milan, 1998 (jury: M. Barberito, D. Bodart, L. Boyle, C. D'Onofrio, C.L. Frommel, R. Lefevre, L. Pallottino, E. Paratore, C. Quarantotto).

Joan Marter received the Graduate Teaching Excellence award of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools  (comprising 70 universities) in June, 1999. The exhibition she co-organized at the Newark Museum entitled  OFF LIMITS: RUTGERS UNIVERSITY AND THE AVANT-GARDE, 1957-1963 was voted  "BEST SHOW in a Museum Outside New York in 1999" by the International Association of Art Critics,  USA Section.  The accompanying book, for which she served as principal author and editor, published by Rutgers University Press, was also nominated as the "Best Museum Publication of 1999"  by AICA.

Jane Sharp was nominated "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" by the Pan-Hellenic Society at the University of Maryland.


Graduate News


Alexis Boylan was awarded a small research support grant from the Grad School for a research trip to London for a project on Zoffany.

Kimbery Byrd won a Gennadius Fellowship to the American School in Athens for 1999-2000.

Mary Cason has been named a graduate fellow at the Center for the Critical analysis of Contemporary Culture for 2000-2001, for her research related to the center’ theme of “Secularism.”

Lisa Victoria Ciresi is currently on a Fulbright in Germany.

Kelley Helmstutler was awarded a Kress Travel Grant for 1999-2000.

Stephanie Leone is in the second year of her Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.

Tom Loughman has won a Kress Travel Grant for Fall 2000 to study early Renaissance decorative cycles in Tuscan sacristries.

Amy Mooney is currently holding a year-long fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute.

In 1999-2000.

Matthew Nichols was awarded Honorable Mention in the competition for a CAA Professional Development Fellowship.

Alison Poe won a Fulbright to Italy for 1999-2000.

Aileen Wang received a Princeton-Pettoranello Grant for a study trip to Italy.



Francesca Bacci published Nuova Insula Utopia: Introduction to Thomas Moore, Guerini: Milan, 1999.

Kelley Helmstutler’s article on Leone Leoni will appear in the fall 2000 issue of the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz.

Amy Mooney contributed an essay to The Walter O.Evans Collection of African American Art, Seattle, WA, 1999.

Marice Rose is a contributor to the forthcoming Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (April, 2000).


Amy Bloch—“A New Interpretation of Ghiberti’s Shrine to St. Zenobius,” Frick Symposium in the History of Art, April 1999.

Francesca Bacci curated an exhibition of Alberto Burri for the Galleria Concordia Sagittaria, Prodenon, Italy, Dec. ’99--Feb. 2000.

Andrea Campbell Boyce is presenting a paper at the annual Renaissance Society Meeting, this year in Florence, Italy.

Lisa Victoria Ciresi, “The Aachen Shrine of the Virgin,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May ’99.

Brian Clancy – “Il disegno borrominiano per la cappella Pamphilj alla Chiesa Navona”, International Borromini Conference, Rome, Italy, January 2000. Brian will be the department’s speaker at the annual Frick Symposium in the History of Art, April 7-8, 2000; his paper is “Borromini, the Pamphilj, and the Family Tomb that Might Have Been: Reconsidering Innocent X’s Chiesa Nuova Chapel Project.”

Sarah Harrington, “A Comparison of Manet’s Absinthe Drinker and Le Bon Bock,” Fourth Annual Philadelphia Symposium on the History of Art, March, 1999.

Amy Mooney, “CAA Professional Practices Committee: Part-timer in Academe Today,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, February 1999.

Flavia Rando, “Women and People of Color in the Arts Professions,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, February 1999.

Victoria Reed was chosen by the department to be our representative this year at the Fifth Annual Philadelphia Symposium on the History of Art; her paper is “Rogier van der Weyden’s Saint John Triptych for Miraflores and the Significance of Salome.”


Congratulations to the following who received their PhDs last year.

Phillip Earenfight, October 1999 
Caroline Goeser

And to the Master's degree recipients:

Mary Cason (continuing to the Ph.D.) 
Ilana Krug 
Rosa Merola
Victoria Reed (continuing to the Ph.D.) 
Jennifer Schubert (continuing to the Ph.D.)


Alumni News

Cheryl Brown just entered her first semester in the Masters Library and Information Studies at SCILS at Rutgers University.  She most recently worked as a kindergarten teacher assistant in the Jersey City School District.

Ruth Caccavale is teaching at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in the Appraisal Studies Department.

Nick Capasso, curator at deCordoba Museum in Lincoln, MA, just did a wonderful exhibition in that museum on the holographic art of Hamet Casdin-Silver. He is also responsible for an informative catalog with fascinating photographs of the holographs in the exhibitions.

Marion Clough is an attorney, part of whose practice focuses on Art Law, representing  artists, galleries, museums, copyright, etc.

Pamela Cohen and David just bought a house in Montclair and are expecting their first child in April.  She is working in the development office at the Jewish Museum, fundraising for exhibitions and other restricted programs.  If any students are interest in the fundraising she would be happy to talk with them.

Anthony Colantuono is now Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Maryland, College Park.  His recent book is on Guido Reni (Cambridge University Press 1997); forthcoming articles on Poussin, Titian, Duquesnoy and Bellori.  His son Nicholas is now 14 months old.

Victor Coonin is now Chair of the Art Department at Rhodes College in Tennessee and has an article on Perugino out in the February ’99Burlington Magazine.

Frank Cossa returned to the College of Charleston after fall semester sabbatical leave in Rome.

Jennifer Dework is employed at the Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Michael Giogoff says the newsletter is a great idea and we should keep it up.

Caroline Goeser, University of Houston, was featured in the October issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about combating the commercialization of class notes.

Since June 1996 Gerard A. Goodrow is the Associate Director of Contemporary Art, Christie, Manson & woods, Ltd., Director, Contemporary Art, Christie’s (Deutschland Gembtt, Cologne/Frankfurt.  Since February 1994 Member of the Board of Trustees, Ursual Blickle Foundation, Kranchital.

Andrew Graciano is in the PhD program at the University of Virginia and is working with Christopher Johns.  He has applied for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities.  He is traveling to London and Derby, England in March 99 to conduct preliminary dissertation research on Joseph Wright of Derby.  Later in the month of March he is giving a paper at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Milwaukee entitled “Botanical Sensibility:  Wright of Derby’s Portrait of Brooke Beethby Reconsidered.”  His PhD field exam will be taken in April.

Joanna Gardner-Huggett and Lilian Zirpolo have launched a new art history journal entitled Aurora, which will publish articles on all time periods, cultures, media, and/or methodologies.  The call of manuscripts is out—for information, contact either editor.

Meisha Hunter-Bove is employed as a Landmarks Preservationist by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Married long time beaux Robert Bove in September ’98 in St. James’s Church, Basking Ridge. Honeymooned in Italy, new home is Basking Ridge.

Linda Koch received tenure at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Christine Laidlaw was the editor for the  recent publication: Charles Appleton Longfellow: Twenty Months in Japan, 1871-1873 (Cambridge:  Friends of the Longfellow House, 1998), and the author of an article inOrientations, Dec. 1998:  “Charles Longfellow:  Explorer and Describer of Japan.”

Karen Loaiza has been appointed is an assistant professor at SUNY, Plattsburg State.  She will be presenting a paper at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI,  on illuminated manuscripts of the late 10th and early 11th centuries at St Gall.

Stephen Lucey is currently a visiting Assistant Professor at Washington and Lee University.  In 1999, he was the recipient of one of five Dean’s awards for Excellence in Research  and simultaneously won a Teaching Excellence Award from the Grad School.  He will present his paper, “Palimpsest Reconsidered: Continuity and Change in the Decorative Programs at Santa Maria Antiqua,” in an international colloquium at the British School in Rome (May 2000) and is chairing a panel at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI (May 2000).

Felicia Messina-D’Haiti is finishing her last courses in a PhD program in Education (Curriculum Theory and Development) at the University of Maryland, College Park.  On July 8, 1998 Felicia and her husband, Conrad had a son Vincent Malcolm.

Ferris Olin was named Chair, College Art Association Committee on Women in the Arts 1999-2001.  She is presenting the committee’s annual award to Dr. Samella Lewis (February 99)  She will also present a paper and moderate a session at a March 99 conference “Women Patrons and Collectors:  Past & Present”.

Allison Palmer is coming up for tenure review next year at the University of Oklahoma, which has a large M.A. program and is currently setting up a PhD program specifically for Native American Art History.  Allison owns a cute little cottage that faces a park, across from the public library. Julian is now 3 years old and is doing great.

Clarie Renkin is the graduate curatorial intern at the Smith College Museum of Art for 1998-1999.

Diane Reilly has been appointed Assistant Professor at Indiana University Hope School of Fine Art.  She will be sponsoring a session at Kalamazoo, May 1999, “Like a Fruitful Vine: Constructing the Queen in Text and Image”.

Christopher Rodriguez is working for Anderson Consulting.  He is presently refurbishing a 100 year old house in Cranford.  He would like to see a social event in New Brunswick to reunite with old friends.

Maureen Rotzel is currently on the staff at Watkins College of Art and Design in Nashville, TN.  Her position is Assistant to the Registrar.  Watkins is a 114 year old institute devoted to continuing education in the arts.  They have programs in fine arts, photography, graphic design, interior design and film.

Priscilla Schwarz has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University since 1995 (her husband is tenured in the Math Dept.) and is awaiting a tenure-track position.  She has taught Survey, Renaissance, Baroque, 19th & 20th Century Art.  (She says "Bring back the M.A. exam and required 18 M.A. & PhD courses!!  They served me well!")  She has given several conference papers and museum lectures.  Her son was born in March 1996.

Della Clason Sperling received a PhD from Columbia University in 1993, and began working as a research associate on the 19th-century and British paintings in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She recently contributed catalogue entries to our exhibition “Van Eyck to Bruegel:  Early Netherlandish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” She lives in New York with her two darlings – 17 month old tuxedo twin cats Felix Unger and Oscar Madison.

Zbynek Smetana, who is an assistant professor at Murray State University, KY, was married to Megan Anne Murphy on August 14, 1999.

Ute Tellini gave a paper on syphilis in the art of the Weimar period in Germany in Miami Beach, SECAC Conference in October.

Dorothy Verkerk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, won an award from EDUCAUSE and the CAA for her Celtic Art and Cultures web site.

Stephan Wolohojian, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard,  has left the University of Delaware and has been named to the staff at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard.

Midori Yoshimoto presented a talk on “Japanese Women Artists” in New York of the 1960’s and 1990’s in a panel discussion at 1999 CAA Conference in Los Angeles.


Visual Resources Collection

Don Beetham, Visual Resources Collection, supervised the scanning and cataloguing of over 1000 sliedes for Prof. Yanni’s Twentieth-Century Architecture class.  Instead of projecting traditional slides, Prof. Yanni will project digital images—along with historical information, quotations, and study aids—directly from her laptop.  Don Beetham will then prepare the formatted lectures and post them on the web site for students’ immediate use.


Rutgers Art Review

Vol. 18, edited by Deborah Van Detta, and Vol. 19, edited by Brian Clancy, should be out sometime later this spring.  Articles will discuss topics ranging from Aubrey Beardsley’s Salome to the relationship of Caravaggio’s painting to contemporary stage theory.  The RAR will also present a memorial dedication to Robert Bergman, the late director of the Cleveland Museum of Art and distinguished alum.

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.


Zimmerli Museum

After being closed for seven months and under construction for fifteen months, the expanded and renovated Zimmerli Art Museum will reopen in October 2000. The $5 million, privately-funded enhancement of the museum will create a new wing for the Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, 1956-1986,  The Dodge collection complements the museum’s collection of the history of Russian art that was donated in 1991 by George Riabov, an alumnus, of Rutgers.  Together, these two major collections bring to the Zimmerli the most extensive collection of Russian art outside of Russia.  In addition, new class rooms, special exhibition galleries and public spaces will permit greater integration of academic and community oriented programs.  The  museum store and café will be enlarged to serve the Rutgers community more effectively.

This past fall the Zimmerli received its second Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant  which supports academic research and instruction related to the museum’s collections.


Art Library

With the help of the  help of the department, the Art Library has purchased the Diamond Library Collection with its unique items in 20th-century and American art.

This is the second issue of a department newsletter.  
Please send any suggestions for 
new story items to Tod Marder, Chair.