In April 2013 Dr. Bruce Altshuler published Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History, 1962-2002 (Phaidon Press). The book was launched with a panel discussion on exhibition history at MoMA/PS1, and with a lecture by Dr. Altshuler at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. In July, he delivered a series of lectures in Moscow on the history of exhibitions and contemporary curating at the Moscow Curatorial Summer School, and participated in a think tank on ethnographic exhibitions at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt. In the summer 2013 issue of Art in America, Altshuler published an article on the significance of exhibitions within contemporary art history, and in fall 2013 he is speaking at the Frieze Art Fair in London, the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal, and the New York Studio School. In spring 2014 Altshuler will give a series of lectures at Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, and will lecture at the Museum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland.
Dr. Miriam Basilio (joint appointment in the department of Art History with Museum Studies) was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor effective September 1, 2013. She is on sabbatical leave for academic year 2013-14, working on her second book which focuses on the role of Alfred Barr in defining the "problematic term 'Latin-American art'" through his particular strategies of collection and display at The Museum of Modern Art. Earlier this year, Miriam Basilio lectured on "The Evolving Latin American Canon" at the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), in a two-day international symposium, From the Other Shore: Narratives and Perspectives on Spanish & Latin American Art. The symposium, which took place on May 1-2, 2013, was organized to "analyze the various ways in which ideas and perceptions about Spanish and Latin American art have evolved in the last decades..." Here is the full program of the symposium; Professor Basilio's talk and the Q&A session afterward are here and here. She also gave a presentation at the Encuentros trasatlánticos: discursos vanguardistas en España y Latinoamérica, held at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain) in July. Professor Basilio also lectured at the Institute of Fine Arts in October. Her talk "The Evolving Canon: Latin American Art at MoMA, 1945-55" was part of the Institute's Latin American Forum. In November 2013 she will lecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Glenn Wharton left his position as Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art last summer to accept a Clinical Associate professorship in Museum Studies, effective July 1, 2013. He continues to serve on the board of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art -- North America (INCCA-NA), and as advisor to NYU's Grey Art Gallery and other arts organizations. He organized a roundtable discussion at NYU in October 2013 on Archiving Performance Art for the Future with artist Lorraine O'Grady, and spoke at the University of North Carolina on Collaborative Heritage Preservation with Descendant Communities. In November 2011, Professor Wharton published The Painted King: Art, Activism, & Authenticity in Hawai’i with the University of Hawai’i Press. The book chronicles his community-based conservation of a public monument in North Kohala, Hawai’i. The project was a model for using the conservation process as a tool for excavating public memory and stimulating critical thinking about the past. It is based on ethnographic research and public engagement in which local residents participated in research, decision-making, and conservation intervention of the famous sculpture of King Kamehameha I. Through dialogue and community activities, new relationships with the material past were forged while negotiating its physical representation.