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Art History graduate students in Dr. Balanta’s site seminar in Rio de Janeiro in April 2015.

Amy Freund, Assistant Professor, joined the art history faculty in August 2014 as the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education Endowed Chair. During fall 2014, while on research leave, she wrote the first chapter of her second book, on the arts of the hunt in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France. A shorter version of this chapter, on the decoration and use of hunting guns, will appear in an edited volume entitled Materializing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Ashgate, 2016). She also organized and chaired a panel related to her first book at an international conference entitled Political Portraiture in the United States and France during the Revolutionary and Federal Eras, ca. 1776-1814 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. An expanded version of her introduction and the rest of the conference papers will be published by the Smithsonian Institution. She also presented new research on still life paintings of dead game (on a panel about animal blood!) at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Dallas. During spring 2015 Professor Freund presented related material at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Los Angeles. Dr. Freund also organized and chaired a panel for the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture. Professor Freund’s first book, Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014) was honored with the Godbey book award by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute.

Randall Griffin, Professor, since publishing Georgia O’Keeffe (Phaidon Press, 2014), has been working on a study of O’Keeffe’s late work. His essay “Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World: Normalizing the Abnormal Body,” was published in Rethinking Andrew Wyeth, edited by David Cateforis (University of California Press, 2014). Professor Griffin also served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Art History Department and was made a University Distinguished Professor.

Adam Herring, Associate Professor, authored Art and Vision at Inca Cajamarca (Cambridge University Press, 2015); “Inca Aesthetics,” in Oxford Handbook of the Incas, ed. R. Alan Covey and Sonia Alconini (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); “The Black Llama: Chronicle of an Afterimage,” Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, forthcoming); and “Caught Looking: Under the Gaze of Inka Atawallpa, 15 November 1532,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Spring 2014). Professor Herring also delivered papers at scholarly conferences in Merida (Yucatan), Florence (Italy), and Berlin. In the spring Dr. Herring taught a course titled “Art and Experience in Inca Peru,” and took a group of honor students to Machu Picchu.

Stephanie Langin-Hooper, Assistant Professor, joined the Art History faculty in fall 2014, as the Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair in Hellenic Visual Culture. In the last year Dr. Langin-Hooper has authored “Fascination with the Tiny: Social Negotiation through Miniature in Hellenistic Babylonia,” World Archaeology, 2015; “Mammonymy, Maternal-Line Names and Cultural Identification: Clues from the Onomasticon of Hellenistic Uruk,” with Laurie Pearce, in the Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2014; and “Performance and Monumentality in the ‘Altar of Tukulti-Ninurta’,” in Approaching Monumentality in Archaeology, edited by J. F. Osborne, 2014. Professor Langin-Hooper also gave the keynote address at the conference “Gender, Methodology, and the Ancient Near East,” held at the University of Helsinki, as well as a paper on the miniaturization effect in terracotta figurines, given at the University of Haifa.

Anna Lovatt received her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and was subsequently a Henry Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld. She was a lecturer in art history at the University of Nottingham, UK from 2007 to 2012 and at the University of Manchester, UK from 2012 to 2014. Lovatt’s research focuses on the art of the 1960s and 70s and its legacies, particularly drawing in the context of post-minimal and conceptual art. She has published articles on this topic in Afterall, Artforum, Art History, October, Oxford Art Journal, Tate Papers and Word and Image. Lovatt has contributed to exhibition catalogues including Bob Law (Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, 2009), Anne Truitt (Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, 2011), Sol LeWitt: Structures (Yale/Public Art Fund, New York, 2011), Drawing: Sculpture (Leeds City Art Gallery, 2012), Garth Evans (Philip Wilson/Yorkshire Scupture Park, 2013), Abstract Drawing (Drawing Room, London, 2014), Agnes Martin (DAP/Tate, London, 2015), and Anne Truitt in Japan (Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, 2015). In 2013 she curated the exhibition Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, which traveled from the University of Nottingham to the Parrish Art Museum, New York and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Calif.; the exhibition was accompanied by a book published by Hatje Cantz. Lovatt is working on a monograph, provisionally entitled Drawing Degree Zero: The Line from Minimal to Conceptual Art.

Pamela A. Patton, Professor, has edited the book Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America (Brill Academic Publishers, forthcoming 2015). Dr. Patton also wrote “An Ethiopian-Headed Serpent in the Cantigas de Santa María: Sin, Sex, and Color in Late Medieval Castile,” which will appear in Gesta in 2016. She received the Martin Sosin-Stratton-Pettit Foundation Award for her presentation at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies.


Annemarie Weyl Carr, University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita, wrote “Reflections on the Medium of the Miraculous” for the exhibition catalogue Heaven and Earth, Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, which explores the response to the painted image in Byzantine epigrams. Dr. Carr also wrote the essay “Hell’s Place in the Last Judgments of Cyprus” for a forthcoming book on images of Hell in Byzantium. Dr. Carr notes that “Hell appears in Cypriot art only in images of the Last Judgment; twenty-two of these survive from the period covered by our study, the 12th through the 16th centuries. Unlike Western European words for Hell (Hölle, Enfer, Inferno), which refer to a place, the Greek word, Kolase or Punishment, refers to a state of being. What engaged me in my investigation was the way the ‘placeness’ of Hell took gradual shape in the Cypriot painting.” For a Festschrift for Erica Cruikshank Dodd, Dr. Carr also authored the article “Orthodox Monasteries under Lusignan Rule: Relations with Others, Relations with Their Own.” This essay is on a liturgical manuscript in Paris from one of Cyprus’ oldest monasteries. Professor Carr also delivered papers at Dumbarton Oaks, the meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, and the Byzantine Studies Conference. Dr. Carr is editing a volume of collected studies that concerns the current state of knowledge about Famagusta, the great medieval trade emporium on the east coast of Cyprus. She is Vice President for Development for the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia.

Dr. Alessandra Comini
Dr. Alessandra Comini

Alessandra Comini. At the age of 80, capping her career as expert on the Viennese Expressionist artist Egon Schiele (1809-1918), University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita Alessandra Comini was asked by New York’s Neue Galerie Museum to curate an exhibition of the artist’s riveting portraits. The show was widely praised in the press and proved to be such a blockbuster, with lines around the block, that it was extended for three months.

Earlier, Professor Comini participated in an international symposium and exhibition in her honor as discoverer of the prison cell in remote Neulengbach, Austria where the artist was incarcerated for “pornography” in 1912. In June of this year she was given a Distinguished Alumna Award by her high school, Ursuline Academy in Dallas. This followed the same award extended to her by Barnard College earlier.

After eight scholarly books on Schiele, Klimt, and Beethoven, one nominated for the National Book Award, Alessandra has recently turned to writing art history murder mysteries. The first two are in print and on Amazon: Killing for Klimt and The Schiele Slaughters. The third, The Kokoschka Capers, is in press, and she is 21,000+ words into the fourth one, The Munch Murders.

Dr. Gregory P. Warden, University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emeritus, currently serves as the fourth President of Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano. During his tenure Franklin University has received final Swiss accreditation, making it the only university to be accredited in both the U.S. and Switzerland. Under his guidance the university also revised its mission to include global leadership, social responsibility, and an undergraduate curriculum with a consistent global focus on multicultural engagement. Franklin University has recently developed multiple additional new partnerships with educational institutions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States, including a program that allows SMU first-year students the opportunity to initiate their college careers in an international setting at Franklin. New initiatives at Franklin include a Center for Swiss Studies, the first of its kind in Switzerland, and hosting the first Human Rights Film Festival in Lugano, now an annual event that is firmly situated in Franklin’s international relations curriculum and connected to local and Swiss national concerns.

Professor Warden is the Principal Investigator and co-Director (along with Dr. Michael Thomas) of the Mugello Archaeological Project and excavations at the Etruscan sanctuary of Poggio Colla in Tuscany. The project has included students from over seventy universities worldwide and has just completed its twenty-first and final season of excavation. The 2015 season resulted in several spectacular new discoveries that will require further study before full public dissemination, but preliminary results will be presented on November 28th at a conference in San Gimignano. Warden’s recent publications include a book chapter on somatic symbolism and the Etruscan temple, as well as studies on the Chimera of Arezzo and the monster as ritual sacrifice, the archaeology of identity in Etruria (500-200 BCE), and evidence of ritual at Poggio Colla. Forthcoming are studies on the regionality of culture in northern Etruria, Etruscan concepts of sacred space, and, in the proceedings of a symposium at Cambridge University (Frontiers of the European Iron Age), a study of ritual behavior, ethnicity, and identity in Iron Age Italy. Professor Warden is Executive Editor of Etruscan Studies and serves as a trustee of the Etruscan Foundation and on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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