News

Promotions and Tenure

We are thrilled to congratulate our faculty members Jane Anderson and Glenn Wharton on their new titles: Jane was promoted to Associate Professor with a tenure, and Glenn was promoted to Clinical Full Professor.

Museum Studies Best MA Thesis Competition (Spring 2017)

The Best Thesis award was given to Joanna Epstein for her thesis “Racialized Places: Northern Historic Sites, National Self-Image and the African American Historical Record.”

Mathilde Lejeune has been awarded the Program's Distinguished Thesis award for her work "Putting a Halt to Heritage Heist: International Efforts to Combat Art Trafficking During Armed Conflict."

Sara Lowenburg received Honorable Mention for her thesis Serving Those Who Served: Engaging Veterans in Museums.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

New Faculty

We are so pleased to welcome Ruth Cohen and Monica O. Montgomery to our adjunct faculty. Ruth Cohen, Senior Director of Education Strategic Initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History joins Helen Warwick in teaching one of core courses, Museum Management. Monica O. Montgomery, Founding Director of Museum of Impact (www.museumofimpact.org), will be teaching the elective, Museums, Community and Social Justice.

In September 2016, two new Faculty Fellows joined the Program in Museum Studies. Rosanna N. Flouty holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education from CUNY Graduate Center (2016), M.A. in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design (2001), and a B.A. in Art  History from Emory University (1997). Her research interests focus on contemporary art, museum practice technology, informal and online education. Marissa H. Petrou received a Ph.D. (2016) and M.A. (2009) in History from University of California Los Angeles, and B.A. in History and German Language and Literature from Northwestern University (2005). Her research interests include history of science, technology and medicine; history of collections and display; museums and empire; visual and material culture of science; history of race and ethnicity in the arts and social sciences.

In September 2014, Jane Anderson joined the Program as a new Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Museum Studies. Jane Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of New South Wales, Sydney (2004), B.A. with Honors from the University of Sydney (1998), and B.A. in Cultural Studies and Philosophy from the University of Sydney (1997). Currently, she is involved in several collaborative projects: Local Contexts/Traditional Knowledge Licenses and Labels; Laboratory for Transformative Practice in Anthropology; The Utility and Life of Cultural Protocols/Bridging Historical Exclusions and Building Future Relationships.

Glenn Wharton was named the recipient of the 2014 College Art Association and Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation. He was described by CAA as "an outstanding archaeological conservator, a sensitive conservator of outdoor sculpture, and a leader in the conservation of contemporary art and time-based art." This annual award was initiated in 1990 to recognize an outstanding contribution for enhancing understanding of art through the application of knowledge and experience in conservation, art history, and art. (http://www.heritagepreservation.org/awards/caa.htm)

Achievements

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.

Museum Studies 2017 Best MA Thesis Competition

Museum Studies 2017 Best MA Thesis Competition

Mathilde Lejeune-Faust, a recipient of the Distinguished MA Thesis Award (presented by Dr. M. Petrou and Dr. R. Flouty). Photo by Lisa Goulet.

Dr. Glenn Wharton at restoration of the King

Dr. Glenn Wharton at restoration of the King

... described by CAA as "an outstanding archaeological conservator, a sensitive conservator of outdoor sculpture..."