Posted in October, 2010

Faculty News

Cress Gallery

Artist: Gao lei

Curated by Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky, O. Munsterberg Chair of Asian Art, Bard College, and Professor of Art History, Lehman College with assistance from the Director and Curator, UTC Cress Gallery of Art, Chattanooga, TN.

November 9 – December 14, 2010
“le deluge, après mao”
China’s Surging Creative Tide:
An Exhibition of Work by Significant Contemporary Chinese Artists

Lecture by Curator Patricia Karetzky followed by a reception
Thursday, November 18, 2010, Room 356 UTC Fine Arts Center

China Show card

Student News

Summer 2010 – Isabelle Coler

I spent the summer interning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Indian and Himalayan art department, as a part of the Museum Studies Internship program. My work ranged greatly, from small tasks like rearranging files and cropping pictures to creating a binder that organized the department’s collection of paintings by region. However, my major project for the summer consisted of researching the department’s textile collection. After being trained in textile handling, I spent two afternoons a week with the assistant curator, photographing the hundreds of scraps, rolls and cloths tucked away in storage. The other part of this project entailed actually researching, both the textiles that I photographed and those with images already in the system. Using other museum’s online collections, and the large number of catalogs and books I had piled up on my desk, I was able to identify the state and sometimes city that many of the textiles came from, as well as the process used to make the cloth and sometimes the date.

This internship was a part of a general museum studies program which was great! Monday and Thursday afternoons were spent with the program’s 37 other interns, who came from every department (such as curatorial, development, education, editorial, conservation, archives, the library, the legal department, the gift shop and Rights and Reproduction). The program is meant to leave you with a very broad and thorough impression of what it is like to work in a museum and all the possible positions that exist, and this was exactly what it achieved. It was a fantastic experience and I highly encourage others to apply.

Man About Town

Tom’s Picks

Portrait of Ivan Karp, Portrait of Allan Kaprow, 1961

Lots of great shows in NYC now, including a chance to get a great dose of one of the masters of Pop, Roy Lichtenstein, who currently is featured in three choice exhibitions.  If you only can only see one of them, pick The Black and White Drawings at the Morgan Library (225 Madison Ave. at 36th St.), which also has the virtue of being on view until January 2.  But Mostly Men at Leo Castelli (18 East 77th) and Reflected at Mitchell Innes & Nash (534 West 26th) both through October 30, are well worth seeing.  Both include rare early works, as well as stunning recent pieces.

Also on view are two exhibitions of works by masters of abstract art:  Gerhard Richter:  “Lines which do not exist,” at the Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street) through November 18.   The 50 drawings in the show reveal a lesser-known side of Richter, most famous for his paintings.  They are mostly abstract, mostly small, mostly black and white, with a wide range of marking techniques, from thin lines to broad tones, from erased strokes to flurries of graphite spots.  They amount to grisaille versions of his abstract paintings, which are supplemented by a few representational images, a wall of large-scale drawings, and several watercolors where the paper is flooded with blazing color, sometimes played against barely visible passages of line.

Last month the Pace Gallery flexed its considerable muscles with a four-gallery show honoring its fiftieth anniversary, featuring great works by artists such as Calder, Pollock, Johns and on.  This month it opens a new space, 510 West 25th, with a show of abstract paintings by Thomas Nozkowski, who fills the big spaces with dozens of drawings and paintings that show a range of wit and inventiveness that make Richter’s drawings look austere—through December 4.

Faculty News

Broom Exhibition

Broom: The Full Sweep 

The upcoming exhibition in our vitrines in Stevenson Library presents all twenty-one volumes of Broom, the legendary avant-garde periodical from the 1920s. In order to display the full range of the innovative art and literature published by Broom, this exhibition presents the magazine’s most radical and renowned works by changing the materials in the cases weekly.  The exhibition has been curated by recent Center for Curatorial Studies graduate Daniel Mason, and is faculty sponsored by Prof. Tom Wolf, Art History. This exhibition will be on view at the Stevenson Library from November 3 to December 13.

We encourage all to attend the Opening Reception on Wednesday, November 3rd, 5:00-7:00 pm in the lobby of Stevenson Library.

Notes from the Chair

New Digital Technologies

Botticelli: Birth of Venus

The Haltadefinizione Project provides extremely high definition images of some of the greatest treasures in the history of art. Thanks to the cooperation of several important International technological partners, Haltadefinizione has created a sophisticated process of digital imaging and photography, resulting in reproductions in the sharpest and finest of detail. The images of Haltadefinizione effectively support scientific surveys of restoration, and find application in areas of study dedicated to the enhancement and promotion of the art historical heritage.  Click on the image above to go to the website:

Notes from the Chair

First Annual
, Washington, D.C.


Friday and Saturday
November 5 and 6
, 2010

10 sessions with 40 papers

Conference is free and open to the Public

For more information and registration, see

Student News

Summer 2010- Karen Johnson

Napa Gallery

This year, I spent my second summer working at the Quent Cordair Fine Art gallery in Napa, California. The gallery exhibits work in a variety of mediums, all falling within the genre of romantic realism.  My duties were pretty varied.  While I was hired as an art salesperson, I also did a lot of work in marketing, web design, and organization.  I learned about the safest ways to clean paintings and bronze or bonded sand statues.  I was in contact with the wineries, hotels and transportation companies in the Napa valley, working to make the gallery a number one destination for tourists and wine industry events.  I worked at weekly wine pourings and organized a variety of social networking sites to contact potential patrons and learned a great deal about business communications, as well as marketing art to individuals and corporations.


Samantha Erin Safer ’04

We are proud to announce that Samantha Erin Safer, Art History Department

Textile Design: Zandra Rhodes

Graduate of 2004 has just written a book titled Zandra Rhodes: Textile Revolution: Medals, Wiggles, and Pop 1961-1971.   Published by the Antiques Collectors Club, Ltd. in Suffolk, England, this lavishly illustrated book is a major study of the visionary British textile and fashion designer Rhodes.  Samantha became interested in Rhodes while studying abroad in London and interned with her design studio.  Not only did she write a fabulous senior project titled Zandra Rhodes and Her Knitted Circle: Creating the Woman and Her Work, 1965-1977 (Advisor Prof. Susan Aberth), but she also put on an exhibition of Rhodes’ textiles in the our Student Center.  Ms. Safer has two masters degrees: History of Design from the Royal College of Art, and Design Management from the London College of Fashion.  She is currently working for the Victoria & Albert Museum as the Brand Marketing Manager.  In addition, she was Assistant Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum working on several exhibitions such as My Favorite Dress, Zandra Rhodes: A Life Long Love Affair with Textiles, Identity: Celebrating 25 Years of i.D Magazine, as well as various traveling exhibitions around Europe.  She was a contributing author to Lucile Ltd London (V&A, 2009) and Grace Kelly Style (V&A, 2010), and co-authored My Favorite Dress (ACC Editions, 2009).

Faculty News

On Thursday, October 7th Prof. Laurie Dahlberg gave a talk at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada titled “Amateur/Amateur: Thoughts on the Devolution of a Gentleman’s Art.”

Click on the below link for more details.

LD phot poster