Newsletter 2001

Vol. 3, n. 1 - March 2001

Reunion & 30th Anniversary
Faculty News
Alumni News

Visual Resources Collection
Rutgers Art Review
Zimmerli Museum

General News


Drs. Matthew Baigell, Martin Eidelberg and Elizabeth McLachlan have announced their intention to retire.

Interview with Matthew Baigell
by Aliza Edelman


Ferris Olin has been named a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association.  This is the most distinguished organization of artists and art historians in the U.S.  It is a testimony to the breadth of her graduate training in Art History at Rutgers and to her own creative endeavours and achievements on campus and nationally that the CAA should choose someone with a background in Women's Studies for this prestigious role.

Congratulations to Ferris!


“Walking as Pilgrims: Recreating the Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela”
by Scott B. Montgomery, University of North Texas, Rutgers Ph.D. in Art History ‘96

CAA 2001 Chicago, February 26-March 3

The annual CAA reunion of Rutgers graduates, friends and faculty took place on Thursday, March 1st from 5:30 to7:00 pm at Russian Tea Time, 77 East Adams Street, Chicago, IL. See Pictures

Reunion & 30th Anniversary

top3Reception in Art Library

In late September this past Fall, the Department organized its first Reunion and 30th Anniversary of the Graduate Program.  To commemorate the occasion, we arranged for a lecture by a distinguished alumna, followed by a reception in the Art Library, which in turn was followed by a dinner held in Winants Hall.  Some 600 invitations were sent to alumni(ae) residing in the New York-New Jersey area, who were members of our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Pat Leighton

Our speaker was former graduate student Dr. Patricia Leighten (Ph.D. 1983), who is currently professor of Art History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University.  Her address was entitled "Gender, Politics, and the Art of Frantisek Kupka," the content of which will serve as the heart of a new book on the subject.  Those of us who remember Pat's lively intelligence in our midst will not be surprised at her success.  Among her many previous accomplishments is the much-heralded and universally praised volume entitled Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism 1897-1914 (Princeton University Press, 1989), which was nominated as the best book manuscript in 1988 by the CINOA committee for the International Art History Prize.  Previous to that accomplishment, Pat won a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and Humanities at the J. Paul Getty Center and a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.  In 1990, Pat was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize of the College Art Association for her article in the Art Bulletin entitled, "The White Peril and l'art negre: Picasso, Primitivism, and Anticolonialism."

Since then, Pat Leighten has held a string of enviable awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1990-91), an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (1995-96), and a Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2000).  In addition to publishing some fifteen articles, Pat served as Associate Chair at the University of Delaware and Acting Department Head at Queen's University, before accepting her current position at Duke. We like to think that all of this started with her experience as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Art Review in 1979-80.  She has subsequently served on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Art Bulletin, as well as on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association.

After the lecture the assembled group gathered for a reception in the Art Library, a building new to the many alumni visitors who have not frequented the campus in recent years.  The Art Library is a three-story building, approved in 1985-86, and begun the following year next to Voorhees Hall.  Our reception filled the entire first floor, and included space for newer and older members of the Department to get acquainted.  Mary Torbinski, former department secretary made a triumphant return.  Acting Dean Richard Falk, Dean Seth Gopin, and other notables made the rounds, as undergraduates and graduate students shared stories about our former library, which is now the Visual Resources Collection, still ably directed by Donald Beetham and an ever-changing, always-dedicated staff of student assistants.

Sitting in two glass cases in the midst of the crowd were dozens of books and a few articles written in recent years by alumni(ae), a quantity that must be unmatched by any leading art history cohort in the country.  One of the more moving items on display was the exhibit "Folkways and Politics: Halina Rusak, Artist, Librarian, and Scholar."  The catalogue, organized by Ferris Olin (Ph.D.) with essays by Kate Murphy (B.A.) and Rose Merola (M.A.), appeared shortly before Halina's untimely death from advanced but undiagnosed cancer just weeks before our Reunion.  Halina was a native of the Belarus Republic and emigrated to the USA in 1949.  She earned a B.A. in French at Douglass College and later received graduate degrees in Art History and Library Science at Rutgers.  Those who remember her bright smile, her inimitable flair for design, and her dedication to every student visitor will miss her sorely.

Following the reception, 120 members of the group made their way to Winants Hall for a banquet and (shock to those who knew only the old Rutgers) splendid food and drink.  Department Chair Tod Marder introduced special guests in attendance, the faculty (it's grown from a group of seven or eight to some sixteen members), and our brilliant new secretary Mary Hoffman, the "New Mary" who put together the entire event with the help of graduate students and the RU Foundation.  Mary received a spontaneous and sustained ovation for her work on this event, as on so many other activities of the department.  With all but one faculty in attendance (the missing soul was in China!), Matthew Baigell,  Rona Goffen, and Jack Spector amusingly reminisced about the department they guided during their chairperson-ships, proving once again that you cannot separate performers from their engaging performances.  Lots of laughs were shared by all.

From an event where we initially anticipated a dinner of 25-35 people, to the event that was an overflow crowd, all our hopes in realizing the spirit of the department were fully met.  What started as an idea hatched at the New York CAA meeting the previous February blossomed into a magnificent occasion.  The thought that a nice little dinner might replace the traditional, but now-moribund Fall gathering at the Log Cabin, has become a reality.  This accomplishment is due in no small part to the efforts of alumna Barbara Mitnick, to Kara Raynor and Joe Stampe from the RU Foundation, and to the entire office staff.  We hope to plan a still-grander occasion in the future, but so far no one has suggested a venue larger and more welcoming that the restored Winants Hall.  Any successful suggestions will be rewarded with logistical questions on handling an invitation list that could be many times larger that the 600 alums contacted in the immediate vicinity.  Put on your thinking caps everyone – we're ready to move.

-more pictures of reception-


Faculty News

Matthew Baigell published Artist and Identity in Twentieth Century American Art, a selection of published and unpublished essays (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and "The Persistence of Holocaust Imagery in American Art," in Bernard Schwartz, ed., The Holocaust's Ghost: Writings on Art, Politics, Law, and Education (University of Alberta Press, 2000).  Dr. Baigell presented his paper, "Jewish Artists in New York during the 1940s," at the International Society for Political Psychology annual meeting, Seattle, WA, July 2000, and "Holocaust Imagery in American Art, 1970-1995," at Bowdoin College, October 2000.

Martin Eidelberg published the following articles: “‘Landskips…Dark and Gloomy’: Reintroducing Henry Ferguson,” in Apollo 152 (September 2000); “Artus Van Briggle and Modern European Styles,” (October 2000) available online at; and “Jean Jacques Spoede, Watteau’s ‘Special Friend,’” in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, s. 6, 136 (November 2000). He was the editor of David A. Hanks and Anne Hoy, Design for Living, Furniture and Lighting 1950-2000, The Lilliane and David M. Stewart Collection, also titled in French edition Design 1950-2000, La Collection Lilliane and David M. Stewart (Flammarion and Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, 2000). He also edited Kazimir Malevich: Suprematist Composition (Phillips, 2000). In October 2000, Dr. Eidelberg traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, to deliver a paper on “Watteau’s Italian Reveries” at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Rona Goffen was a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study from September 1999-August 2000. She will also be a Visiting Professor at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA in May 2001.  Dr. Goffen co-curated and published an exhibition catalogue with Giovanna Nepi Scirè on Il colore ritrovato: Bellini a Venezia (Milan, 2000). Other recent publications include: "Lotto's Lucretia,” in Renaissance Quarterly 52 (1999); "Crossing the Alps: Portraiture in Renaissance Venice," in Renaissance Venice and the North: Crosscurrents in the Time of Dürer, Bellini and Titian, exh. cat., Palazzo Grassi (Milan, 1999), also published in Italian; and "Mary's Motherhood According to Leonardo and Michelangelo," in Artibus et Historiae 20 (1999). In 2000, Dr. Goffen presented the following papers: "The Renaissance Seen from Rialto," at the National Gallery of Art, in January; "Mary's Motherhood According to Leonardo and Michelangelo," at the Howard Hibbard Forum, Columbia University, and "Beautiful Women," at the NYU/Università La Sapienza telelecture in February. In May 2001, Dr. Goffen will present "Signatures: Inscribing Identity in Italian Renaissance Art," at the Annual Hammer Lecture, UCLA.  In the fall of 2000, Dr. Goffen produced the on-line film "Bellini in Venice" which is available at

Angela Howard acted as Special Consultant of Buddhist Art for The Metropolitan Museum of Art while travelling in China from January 8-21, 2001.  Dr. Howard visited museums in the provinces of Shandong, Hebei, and Shanxi to gather sculpture for the New York exhibition “From Han to Tang” scheduled to open in 2004.

Tod Marder is the present Department Chair.  He was promoted to Professor II in April 2000. He published “Symmetry and Eurythmy at the Pantheon: The Fate of Bernini’s Perceptions from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day,” in Antiquity and Its Interpreters, ed. A. Payne, A. Kuttner, R. Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2000). His other publications include, “Borromini e Bernini a Piazza Navona,” in Francesco Borromini. Atti del convegno internazionale (Rome, 2000), and “The Synthesis of Design, Religion, and Politics in the Rome of Alexander VII,” in Struggle for Synthesis. The Total Work of Art in the 17th and 18th Centuries, ed. Luis de Moura Sobral, David W. Booth (Lisbon, 1999). In January  2000, he lectured on Borromini at the American Academy in Rome and at the International Conference on Borromini, held in Rome.  In February 2000, he chaired the session entitled, “The Pantheon and Its Reception in the Post-Antique World,” at the College Art Association Annual Meeting in New York.  In March 2000, he gave the Daniel H. Silberg Lecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Joan Marter was promoted to Professor II at Rutgers University in April 2000.  Her recent publications include American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, IIA Catalogue of Works by Artists Born Between 1865 and 1885 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2001). 
As co-author, Dr. Marter personally examined and wrote essays on 125 pieces of sculpture in the Met's collection.  Dr. Marter also wrote essays on drawings of the 1950s for American Twentieth-Century Watercolors at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (New York, 2000).  For contemporary artists she published Jeffrey Brosk: Recent Works (Neuhoff Gallery, 2000) and Judith Godwin, Color and Movement (Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, Rutgers University, 2001). Dr. Marter was awarded a grant from the Judith Rothschild Foundation for research on women artists.  Her essay "Feminist Art" will appear in the Encyclopedia of American Studies (Grolier, 2001).  For the film Alexander Calder, an "American Masters" special on PBS, Dr. Marter served as a consultant and appeared as a Calder specialist.  This film was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle and received the Peabody Award.

Sarah McHam held a residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, during the fall of 2000 and is a visiting fellow during Spring semester 2001.  Throughout the academic year 2000-2001, Dr. McHam holds an American Philosophical Society Fellowship.  The paperback edition of her Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture (Cambridge University Press) appeared in 2000.  In addition, Dr. McHam has received a Delmas Foundation grant to support a research trip to Venice where she worked with Pliny manuscripts and incunables.  During the year 2000, Dr. McHam presented lectures at the following conferences: SECAC Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in October; the New College Medieval-Renaissance Conference at Sarasota in March; and, a conference on Italian Renaissance Sculpture at the University of Georgia in November. She also delivered a paper at the International Medieval and Renaissance Conference at the University of Florida. An article on Donatello's bronze David and Judith will appear in the Art Bulletin in March.

Elizabeth McLachlan with Summer Program students at Saint-Denis

Elizabeth Mclachlan published online book reviews on Francis Newton, The Scriptorium and Library at Monte Cassino 1058-1105 (Cambridge University Press, 1999), in CAA Reviews and Janet Backhouse, The Sherborne Missal (University of Toronto Press, 1999), in The Medieval Review at In March 2000, she presented the paper, “The Eadwine Leaves in their Place,” at the Symposium on Canterbury and the Bible, sponsored by Douglass College and the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence. In the summer 2000, she participated in the popular Rutgers Art History Summer Program in Paris and lectured on-site, in and around Paris, on topics ranging from the Romans to the Renaissance.

Catherine Puglisi in St. Petersburg with prof. Ilia Dorontchenkov and the Academy of Fine Arts in the background

Catherine Puglisi is the present Graduate Director.  She recently published a soft-cover edition of her monograph entitled, Caravaggio (Phaidon Press Ltd., 2000), and wrote the following: “Veronese: Cristo Sostenuto da due angeli,” in Caravaggio e I Giustiniani, exh. cat., Palazzo Giustiniani, Rome (Milan, 2001); “L’Albane et la France,” in L’Albane, Les dossiers du Départment des peintures, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2000; and “Bellori e alcuni dei suoi amici,” in L’idea del bello: Viaggio a Roma nel Seicento con Giovanni Pietro Bellori, exh. cat., Palazzo Venezia, Rome, 2000;  forthcoming is an article: “Neo-Venetianism, Veronese and Pietro da Cortona.” In February 2000, Dr. Puglisi chaired the session “Ancients and Moderns in Italian Art,” at the annual CAA conference; she traveled to Russia in April 2000 as part of the St. Petersburg exchange and presented the paper, “Fine-tuning Caravaggio’s Lute-player,” at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. In October, she presented “‘Les Lieux plaisans & delicieux’: L’Albane et la peinture de paysage au dix-septième siècle” (in French) at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Jane Sharp has recently published “Natalia Goncharova: Lives of the Artist” in Natalia Goncharova: Pioneer of the Russian Avant-Garde (Tel Aviv Art Museum, 2000) and Realities and Utopias: Abstract Painting in the Nancy and Norton Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, (Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, 2000).  In March 2000, Dr. Sharp presented her paper entitled, "Modernism as Orientalism: Natalia Goncharova and Nikos Pirosmanishvili," at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.  She also presented this paper in August at the Seminar on Contemporary Art Criticism, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan. In September, Dr. Sharp traveled to London to present "Neoprimitivism and Vsechestvo: Russia's Other Modernism” at the Congrés internationale de l'histoire de l'art (CIHA).

Penny Small was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the current academic year, 2000-2001. She is working on a book on the subject of narrative in classical art.  It is entitled There is no original! Artists and Texts in Classical Antiquity.

Jack Spector edited two issues of American Imago: “Psychoanalytic Approaches to Art History by Frankfurt Art Historians” and was the author of the introduction to both issues (in press, scheduled for Spring and Summer 2001).  Dr. Spector published online a book review of Jody Blake, Le tumulte noir.  Modern Art and Popular Entertainment in Jazz-Age Paris, 1900-30 (Penn State University Press, 1999) in CAA Reviews, September 2000.  In February 2000, he chaired the CAA session, An ABC for Art History: Childhood Education and Modernism, and in March he delivered the paper “Delacroix’s Dream of a Hand” at the 19th Century Studies Conference in Arlington, VA.   In December 2000, he presented “The Emergence of Collage in the context of Late 19th Century Paris,” at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  His article “On the Limits of Understanding in Modern Art: Klee, Miro, Freud” is forthcoming in American Imago.  He is invited to present a lecture in June for a symposium celebrating the establishment of the art history department at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Mariët Westermann was granted tenure in our Art History Department and awarded a Board of Trustees Fellowship for Excellence in Scholarship from Rutgers (May 2000). From January-June 2001, Dr. Westermann is a fellow at the Clark Art Institute. She is the author of Rembrandt: Art and Ideas (Phaidon Press, 2000). Other recent publications include: “Making a Mark in Rembrandt’s Leiden,” in Hilliard Goldfarb, ed., Rembrandt Creates Rembrandt: Ambition and Vision in Leiden 1629–1631, Exh. cat. Boston, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2000; “Local Color: Painting and Proto-National Awareness in the Dutch Republic,” in Akira Kofuku, ed., Dutch Art from the Rijksmuseum, Exh. cat. Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art and Nagoya, Prefectural Museum of Art, 2000; and reviews of Elizabeth Alice Honig, Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp, 1998, in CAA Reviews (September 2000), and Albert Blankert et al., Dutch Classicism in Seventeenth-Century Painting, Exh cat. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1999, in The Burlington Magazine 142 (March 2000).  In Fall 2000, Dr. Westermann presented the following papers: “Houbraken, Steen, and the Praise of Folly,” Farewell Symposium for Lyckle de Vries, University of Groningen (October), and “‘Costly and Curious, Full of Pleasure and Home Contentment’: Dutch Interiors in the Seventeenth Century,” Stieren Lecture, at Trinity University, San Antonio (November). Along with Perry Chapman, she co-chaired the session, Early Modern Biography as Art Criticism, at the College Art Association Annual Meeting, New York, February 2000.

news2001Carla Yanni & class in front of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Carla Yanni is the author of  Nature's Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display,  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).  In November 2000, Dr. Yanni was an invited lecturer on “The Architecture of Insane Asylums: Victorian Psychiatry and the Environmental Cure” for medical residents in psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., and at the University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Art History Department. She presented a paper on “The Insane Asylum in Victorian America: Dr. John Charles Bucknill's Tour and Critique” at three conferences: the Nineteenth Century Studies Association in Arlington, VA (March 2000); Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, in Paris, France (June 2000); and Society of Architectural Historians, in Miami, FL (June 2000). She was also awarded a Rutgers Teaching Dialogue Grant of $4000 to promote the use of digital images among undergraduate art history majors. The research of Carla Yanni and Amy Bloch was featured in the Winter 2001 issue Cross/Section, a magazine published by the Graduate School-New Brunswick. The "Special Topic" of the issue is "Space". The article about Dr.Yanni's article is entitled "Designing Natural History: Museum Space and the Shape of Science". "Ritual, Use, Space, and Ghiberti's Shrine of  St. Zenobius" discusses the work of Amy Bloch.


Graduate News

Amy Bloch was featured in an edition of Cross/Section; see under Carla Yanni.

Louise Caldi presented the paper, “Heraldry and Power: Simone Martini and the Angevins," at the conference on Pageantry and Power in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, sponsored by the Convivium Center Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Siena College, Laudenville, New York, October 2000.

Lisa Victoria Ciresi was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany for 1999-2000 and a Dissertation Fellowship for 2000-2001.  She  was an invited speaker at the conference sponsored by the Index of Christian Art & the Dept. of Art and ARchaeology, Princeton University, entitled "Objects, Images and the Word: Art in the Service of the Liturgy",  held at McCormick Hall, Friday March 23rd.  Her topic was  "A Liturgical Study of the Dreikoenigenschrein".  She spoke in distinguished company including Peter Lasko and Joh Lowden of the Courtauld Institute; Dorothy Glass, SUNY Buffalo; Roger Wieck of the JP Morgan Library; Elizabeth Teviotdale of the Getty Instititute, Los Angeles; and Michael Curschmann of Princeton.

Brian Clancy was awarded his Master’s Degree in May 2000 and submitted his thesis “‘…Le continue o tragedie, o commedie domestiche’: Family Patronage in the Papacy of Innocent X (1644-1655).” His dissertation topic for the Ph.D. is entitled: “An Architectural History of Grand Opera Houses: Constructing Cultural Identity in Urban America from 1850 to the Great Depression.” Brian successfully edited the Rutgers Art Review, vol. 18, published July 2000. In January 2000, Brian traveled to Rome to present his paper “Il disegno borrominiano per la cappella Pamphilj alla Chiesa Nuova (Albertina 285)” at the conference, Borromini e L’Universo Barocco: Convegno Internazionale in Rome. This paper was published in the conference precedings, Borromini e L’Universo Barocco: Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Electa, November 2000).  In April 2000, he presented “‘The Most Beautiful City in the World’: Interpreting Modern Paris in the American Architect and Building News at the Centers and Peripheries: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference INCS, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT. He also presented this paper at the Americans Abroad, 1850-2000: The Frank R.Veale Symposium, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Temple University, and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. In March 2001, he will present “‘A Cage Ready for Our Birds When We Catch Them’: The Architecture of Cultural Idealism at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia” at the Century of Victoria and Verdi: Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Annual Conference, Gettysburg University, and Hollins University, Roanoke, VA.. Brian Clancy is the winner of the American Council of Learned Societies/Luce Foundation Disserttion Fellowship in American Art.

Aliza Edelman was the Exhibition Assistant for “Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Culture, 1890-1918” (November 1999-April 2000), and the accompanying catalogue, at The Jewish Museum, New York. She was also the Exhibition Coordinator of “Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project 2000” (December-January 2001) at The Jewish Museum. This project celebrated the festival of Hanukkah by exhibiting eight works of contemporary art that use light as both medium and metaphor and are displayed in non-traditional sites. She is the curator of “Gail Cohen Edelman: A Memorial Exhibition” (February-March 2001) at the Maurice Flecker Art Gallery, Suffolk Community College, New York. This exhibition presents her mother’s last series of mixed media and collage works on paper and panel that focus on sweatshops, immigrant culture, and contemporary approaches to embroidery.

Craig Eliason was awarded the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant by the U.S. Department of State. In February, he traveled on this grant to Pulawy, Poland, and participated in the conference, 2000: ‘Art Matters in Teaching American Studies,’ sponsored by the U. S. Embassy, Warsaw and Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin. His lectures included topics on “Abstract Art Since Pollock,” “Pop and the Commodity as Art,” and “New Media, New Voices, New Controversies." In March 2000, he presented the paper, “Spin Control: Rotation and Revolution in Van Doesburg’s Art,” at the Theo van Doesburg Retrospective Symposium, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands, sponsored by the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History and University of Amsterdam.   He published the paper entitled “De conferenties van 1922: Tristan Tzara als Van Doesburgs saboteur [The Conferences of 1922: Tristan Tzara as Van Doesburg's Saboteur],” in Jong Holland 16, no. 2 (May/June 2000).

Tracy Fitzpatrick was awarded the Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for 2000-2001. She published the entry on “Willem de Kooning” in the American National Biography (Oxford University Press, January 2001). In May 2000, she presented the paper, “Picturing the Underground: Images of the Subway by Reginald March,” at the conference on Imaging the Space Between: Constructing Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 at the University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada. She also presented “Exhibiting Reform: The Women’s Movement and the Role of the Museum” on the panel American Museums and Social Movements at the American Association of Museums Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.   She is the curator of the exhibition, “Traffic Patterns: Images of Transportation in the Age of the Machine,” which opens at the Zimmerli Art Museum in February 2001.

Melissa Kerr is a Research Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is working on the forthcoming retrospective on Barnett Newman, co-organized with the Tate Modern, scheduled for March 2002.

Natalia Kolodzei presented a lecture entitled “Art Exhibition and Lecture: Great Russian Art Collections” for The Russia Society at the Harvard Club of New York City.

Stephanie Leone is a recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship for 2000-01 and a Trustees’ Merit Citation from the Graham Foundation in Fall 2000.

Tom Loughman received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Grant to Italy. He contributed the obituary and bibliography on Rutgers’ Art History alumnus, Dr. Robert Paul Bergman, to our Rutgers Art Review, vol. 18, published July 2000. In May, he presented the paper “Revivalist or Retardataire? Stylistic Eclecticism in late Trecento Florence” for the Italian Art Society session, Continuity and Change, at the 35th International Conference of Medieval Studies, Kalamazzo, MI.

Amy Mooney was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington State University.  She was awarded the Henry Luce Foundtion/ACLS/Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowship for Dissertations in American Art for 2001. She also received a College Arts Association Honorable Mention for the Terra Foundation Fellowship, 2000. In Spring 2000, she presented a paper entitled, “Presenting the Self: Archibald J. Motley’s Jr.’s Approach to Portraiture,” at the National Museum of American Art.

Alison Poe was awarded a USIA Fulbright Scholarship to Italy for 1999-2000. She contributed an entry on “Ascension” in the Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, ed. P. C. Finney, forthcoming. She is an Instructor of Art History at New York University, Paul McGhee Division, from September-December 2000.

Gabrielle Rose traveled to Paris in the spring 2000 for dissertation research at the Musée Bourdelle and Musée Rodin. Her dissertation is entitled “Succeeding Rodin: Emile-Antoine Bourdelle and the Making of a New Sculptor for France, 1900-1931.”

Jennifer Schubert contributed the essays on “Bolognese Mannerism at the Princeton Art Museum: The Annunciation by Giovanni Francesco Bezzi (called Il Nosadella)," in The Princeton Record, forthcoming, and "Nosadella, not Agostino, in the Collection of Benedetto Giustiniani," in Intorno ai Giustiniani, forthcoming.

Jennifer Tonkovich was appointed Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Pierpont Morgan Library in April 2000. She is a contributing author to The World Observed: Five Centuries of Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp (January 2001) and co-author with William M. Griswold of Pierre Matisse and His Artists, forthcoming. At the Pierpont Morgan Library, she presented the following lectures: “Van Dyck in Rubens’s Studio”(March 2000); “Claude, Poussin, and the Arcadian Landscape” and “Recent Acquisition: A Journal by Stuart Davis” (October 2000); and “Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp,” (March 2001). In April 2000, she presented “Old Master Drawings and Issues of Provenance,” at the ARLIS National Conference.

Carmen Vendelin was the curator of “Book Illustration of European Symbolist Texts” at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago (February and March 2000). She presented the paper, “Modernity and Ambivalence: Photographic Images of Rodenbach’s Bruges-La-Morte,” at the following conferences — Crosscurrents: Fin de siècle Fears, Fantasies, and Frenzies, the Schuylkill’s Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Temple University, and 2000 Feminist Art and Art History Conference, Barnard College.

Midori Yoshimoto was awarded the Rutgers University-Bevier Fellowship for 2000-2001. She contributed entries to Yes Yoko Ono (Harry N. Abrams in association with the Japan Society, 2000), and Japonisme – Japonisme from the Turn of the 19th Century (T-G Concepts, Inc., 2000). She was the curator of “Opening Up: Artistic Dialogue Between Japan and the West” at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, and “Japonisme,” an exhibition originating at the Zimmerli Art Museum and traveling to eight venues in Japan, from September 2000 – October 2001.


Alumni News

Jennifer Argenta (B.A. 1996) is the Assistant Director of Gallery Henoch in Chelsea, New York City.  She and George Shechtman, who is the Gallery Director and also a Rutgers Art History alum, have provided lectures and discussions to classes visiting New York City with Professor Eidelberg and Dean Gopin.

Meredith Arms Bzdak (Ph.D. 1995) is currently working as the Architectural Historian for Ford, Farewell, Mills and Gatsch, Architects, in Princeton, NJ. On Feb. 8, 2000 Meredith Bzdak was hosted at a book-signing for her volume "Public Sculpture: Monuments to Collective Identity" at the Montclair Art Museum.

Barbara Butts co-authored with Lee Hendrix, curator of drawings at the Getty Museum, the very successful catalogue, Painting on Light: Drawing and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein (Getty Trust Publications, 2000).  The publication of Painting on Light was accompanied by an exhibition of drawing for stained glass at the Getty Museum (July-September 2000) and the Saint Louis Art Museum (November-January 2001). Barbara Butts was formerly curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum.  Among the catalogue’s glowing reviews, the journal Stained Glass considered it a  “feast for the eyes as well as the intellect. This all-the-frills book is one to savor and save. Long after the exhibition is dismantled, you’ll be revisiting, appreciating, studying and absorbing.”

Nick Capasso (Ph.D. 1998) was promoted to full Curator at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.  His daughter, Maya, was born on May 4, 1998.

Anthony Colantuono (B.A. 1980) is presently Associate Chair of the Art History and Archeology Department, University of Maryland, College Park.

M. Marian Clough (B.A., M.A.) is an attorney with Clough & Clough, part of whose practice focuses on Art Law, representing artists, galleries, museums, copyright, etc.  She was recently elected as a Trustee of the New Jersey Bar Association and she previously held the position of President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association.

Anne De Vivo (M.A. 1994) was recently promoted to Development Officer at the Jersey City Museum where she has been working for the past year and is involved in a $12 million capital campaign.

Regina D’Innocenzi (M.A. 1990) is currently writing her dissertation in the field of Medieval History/Gender Studies at the Historisches Seminar Universität Basel

Phillip Earenfight (Ph.D. 1999) will present the following papers in March 2001 in Chicago: “Florence as the New Jerusalem: The Metaphor and the Real on the Piazza San Giovanni” at the College Art Association meeting; and, “Mnemonics, Catechism, and the Allegory of Divine Misericordia: How a Trecento Florentine Confraternity Instructed its Members in Christian Theology through Image and Text,” at the Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting.

Marianne Ficarra (M.A. 1994) is working as an art research consultant and curatorial consultant at Gary Snyder Fine Art and has moved to Fair Haven, N.J.

Marilyn Fish (M.A. 1986) is Managing Editor of Style 1900 as of March 2000. This is a quarterly (semi-academic) journal concerned with the Arts and Crafts movement.

Pamela Goldsteen [formerly Cohen] (Ph.D. 1996) and her husband, David, have a fourteen-month old daughter, Sarah Madeleine, born April 1999.  Pamela is working as a freelance fundraiser; her clients include the Guggenheim Museum.

John Hanson received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute. In 1999, he presented the paper “New York Deesis Casket and 12th-century gospel frontispiece” at the Byzantine Studies Conference.

Kelly Helmstutler is the recipient of a three-year fellowship with the Medici Archive Project. She has just published “Leone Aretino: New documentary evidence of Leone Leoni’s birthplace and training,” in Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 2/3 (1999). Kelly was married to G. Del Dio in San Lorenzo, Florence, in June 2000.

Meisha Hunter-Bove (M.A. 1996) works as a Landmarks Preservationist at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Among her duties, she reviews proposed changes to designated landmarks, and in particular, telecommunication installations at historic buildings. She married Rob Bove in September 1998.

Susanne Hillman and her husband Matthias Vogel had a second child, Stella Catherine Vogel Hillman, in November 2000.

Linda Koch (Ph.D. 1991) was granted tenure at John Carroll University in February 1999.

Jessica Laino (1996) is currently working at the American Museum of Natural History as a Generalist.

Ginette Lospinoso (a recent undergraduate) is now working at Christie’s, New York, in the Wine Department.

Julie M. Lessanutti, formerly Lappegaard, MA 1981,  with her husband, July 24, 1999

Julia Lappegaard Lessanutti (M.A. 1981) received her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 1996. She married Graeme Grimsdale on July 24, 1999.  Presently, she works as an independent art historian and conducts courses in Italian Renaissance Art and History of Culture.

Gail Levin (Ph.D. 1976) recently curated “Aaron Copland’s America: A Cultural Perspective” at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York (November 2000).  The catalogue will be a book published by Watson-Guptill.

Roberta Mayer (B.A. 1993) completed her Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in May 2000.  Her dissertation was entitled, “Understanding the Mistri: The Arts and Crafts of Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932).”  Dr. Eidelberg was Roberta’s outside reader for her dissertation.

Felicia Messina-D’Haiti (M.A. 1995) is presently a Fine Arts Teacher at the Andrew Jackson Middle School in Forestville, MD.

Patricia Ann McDermott (M.A. 1983) started a museum consulting practice in 1999 after working fourteen years for small to mid-size museums in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

Scott B. Montgomery (Ph.D. 1996) traveled via foot the Pilgrimage Road to Santiago de Compostela, taking off from Le Puy en Velay, a distance of approximately 1,000 miles completed in a remarkable 67 days.  His recent publications include: “Il Cavaliere di Cristo: Peter Martyr as Dominican Role Model in the Fresco Cycle of the Spanish Chapel in Florence,” in Aurora, The Journal of the History of Art, vol. 1 (2000); and, “Caput sancti regis Ladislai: The Reliquary Bust of St. Ladislas and Holy Kingship in Late Medieval Hungary,” in Decorations for the Holy Dead, ed. Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo and Stephan Lamia (Brepols Press, forthcoming 2001).

Rachel Mullen (M.A.) is presently an art critic for Recorder Publishing Co., Bernardsville, N.J., and an antique dealer at the Morristown Antique Center.

Maria Munoz-Blanco is presently the Deputy Director of the Fulton County Art Council in Atlanta, GA.  You can visit the Council’s web site at

Alison Palmer (Ph.D. 1994)  was granted tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the University of Oklahoma.

Diane Reilly (B.A. 1990) received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1998. She was awarded a British Neitker Memorial Fund Award to study in England and France (Summer 2000).  She chaired the conference session, From Consort to Queen to Dowager: Royal Women in Transition, at Kalamazoo. In July 2000, she will chair the session, After the Darkened: The Construction of Monastic and Episcopal History for the Age of Reform, and present the paper on “Gerard of Cambrai and the Politics of Nationality” at the University of Leeds.  At the Rutgers conference on Canterbury and the Bible (March 2000), she presents her paper “The French Giant Bible and its English Relations: Blood Relations or Adopted Children.”

Claire Renkin (Ph.D. 1998) moved back to Melbourne, Australia, in December 1999.  She is teaching Art History at the Yarra Theological Union.

Marice Rose successfully completed her doctorate with a dissertation on “The Iconography of Female Adornment in Late Antiquity.” She was a collaborator on the catalogue, Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (Abrams, 2000).  In September 2000, she presented tours of the Cypriot Galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art to, among others, the President of Cyprus, Glafcos Clerides, the Cyprus Ambassador to the United States, Andreas Jacovides, and members of the Cypriot Parliament. Presently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.

Anina Rossen (BA, 1994) received an M.A. in Art History from Boston University in 1997.  She is currently the Director of Member Services at the Morgan Library and working on independent research and writing.

Priscilla Schwarz (PhD 1994) has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University since 1995. Son Armand was born in 1996 and daughter Saskia in 1999.

Nancy Siegel (Ph.D. 1999) has authored The Morans: The Artistry of a Nineteenth-Century Family of Painter-Etchers (Juniata College Press, 2001).  She is presenting the paper, “The Intimate Panorama: Recently Discovered Works by Thomas Moran,” at the American Culture Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 2001.  Other recent publications include: “Municipal Parks in New York City: Olmsted, Riis, and the Transformation of the Urban Landscape, 1858-1897,” co-authored with Dr. Mary Hague, in Transformations of Urban and Suburban Landscapes (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2001); “Painted Image, Inspirational Text: Thomas Cole and the Influence of John Bunyan,” in Image and Text: American Creativity and the Relationship between Writing and the Visual Arts, ed. Mark Andrew White (Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, 2000); and Uncommon Visions of Juniata’s Past (Arcadia Publishing, 2000).

Stanley Yeager is moving in a new direction. He is a dentist but also worked at the Artexpo held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in March 1999.



Visual Resources Collection

The continued development of digital resources and the upgrading of the collection database have received ongoing attention in the past few years. Don Beetham attended the Luna Insight User Group meetings last summer at Cornell University and this winter at Smith College. The "Arts Consortium" (Art History, Mason Gross Visual Arts Department, the Zimmerli Art Museum, Landscape Architecture and the Fine Arts Departments of Newark and Camden), along with the library system, are seeking funding to purchase this "industrial strength" image management software for Rutgers. It is expected that there will be continued inter-departmental collaboration to meet the growing need for images in the University. Beetham received a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Visual Resources Association for his co-editorship of the Image Buyers' Guide. Kim Byrd is leaving the Associate Curator position in March to teach a course at the University of Washington.



Rutgers Art Review

Volume 18 edited by Brian Clancy was published in July 2000 with four articles ranging from Russian icons to word balloons. The word balloons article applies Derrida's grammatology to the history of word ballons from the Medieval France to the Fantastic Four.

Ashley Atkins is editing the upcoming Volume 19 of the _Review_, to be published in August 2001. Caitlin Sproule is Assistant Editor. This volume will be a bit larger than usual, as it includes several essays from a previously unpublished volume, edited by Deborah Van Detta.  Six essays will be included addressing topics such as the influence of Islamic landscape on Italian Renaissance gardens and Eva Hesse's machine drawings of 1965.



Zimmerli Art Museum

The Art History Department’s neighbor, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, has expanded in style. On November 12, 2000, after a year of renovation and construction, the museum re-opened to Rutgers’ students and the public. The Zimmerli’s successful transformation was made possible by a $4.3 million gift from Norton and Nancy Dodge. With an increased budget and gallery space, the Zimmerli moves into the top 5% of all university art museums in the U.S. The Zimmerli’s collection is the third largest university art museum collection, behind Yale and Harvard. The renovation fulfilled the museum’s demand for more gallery and storage space to hold its accomplished and diverse collections. This collection includes the exceptional Dodge Collection, the world’s largest collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, as well as, Japonisme, mid-twentieth century American art, French graphic art (19- early 20th centuries), and the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios (RAPS).

Phillip Dennis Cate, Director of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, was the editor and primary essayist for the catalogue, "Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s," published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 2000. In November 2000, he presented the paper, "Drawing upon the Moment: Journalistic Art and the Avant-garde, 1880-1910," at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. In addition, the exhibition "The Spirit of Montmartre: Cabarets, Humor, and the Avant-Garde, 1875-1905," displaying 400 works from Zimmerli collection, was on view in summer of 2000 at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. He curated the exhibition and co-authored the catalogue with Mary Shaw from the Rutgers French Department.


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