Research Interests: 20th-Century Brazil, Participation and Performance, Art & Pedagogy, Photography, Film, and New Media
Adrian is a PhD candidate focusing on art, mass politics, and cities in twentieth-century Brazil. Before coming to Chicago, Adrian earned an MA in modern art from Columbia University and worked at the contemporary art gallery David Zwirner. In addition to modern and contemporary Brazil, Adrian's research interests include histories and theories of photography and other reproductive media, art and industry, art and pedagogy, and issues of participation in social practice art.
Research Interests: Renaissance, Baroque, and Chinese Art
Research Interests: Film and Media
Kristopher Driggers studies pre-Columbian art history, with projects ranging from ancient Mesoamerica to the Andes. He is the current recipient of a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Kristopher received his BA from Yale University in 2011, and has held a curatorial fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a research assistantship in African Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and has served as Development Coordinator for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Kristopher’s current interests include Central Mexican writing systems, cases of aniconic visual practice in the pre-Columbian world, and the historiography of pre-Columbian art.
Research Interests: Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American Art
Committee Members: Cécile Fromont
Savannah is a doctoral student concentrating on sixteenth and seventeenth-century Mexico. She received a BA Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Art History and Religious Studies from the University of Iowa (2009) and a MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011). Her MA thesis examined the 1584 retable commission by the indigenous municipal council of Huexotzinco, Mexico. Savannah’s research explores popular indigenous and African devotional practice, the construction of sacred spaces, death and disease, conversion, and religious imagery in colonial Mexico. Savannah recently completed an intensive summer course in Classical and Modern Nahuatl through the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ).
Research Interests: Chinese Art, Religious architecture and art from the Tang dynasty (618-907), Dunhuang art
Anne Feng received her BA with Honors in Art History from New York University (2010). Her Honors Thesis focused on Song dynasty Ten Kings of Hell paintings from Ningbo in their local religious environment. Her paper on the reconstruction of the National Museum of China at Tiananmen Square was published in Ink & Image, New York University’s journal of undergraduate research. Prior to her graduate studies, Anne worked as an intern at the Palace Museum, Beijing, and helped organize several exhibitions for the summer of 2008. She also interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2008-09, working on the Special Collection “The World of Kublai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty”. Her research interests are religious mural paintings, concepts of sacred space, Pure Land Buddhism, Dunhuang art, and Medieval Japanese Buddhist paintings.
Hanne received her BA in French and MA Film Studies from University College London and did an MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art London before coming to the University of Chicago. She is interested in modern and contemporary art and film, in particular artists who work at the intersection of vernacular architecture, objects and practices of everyday life.
Research Interests: Italian Renaissance art, African arts, the history of collecting in early modern Europe, museology
Ingrid Greenfield is a PhD candidate specializing in the representation of Africa in early modern Italian collections. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on issues of race in Italian Renaissance art history. Prior to beginning graduate studies at the University of Chicago, Ingrid interned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Chazen Museum in Madison, and MoMA’s Department of Drawings. She currently holds the Rhoades Curatorial Fellowship in African arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Research Interests: Korean and Chinese art
Research Interests: postwar German art
Dissertation Title: "Art on the Border: Galerie René Block in 1960s and 70s Berlin and New York"
Rachel Jans is a doctoral candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art, with a focus on postwar German art. Her dissertation, “Art on the Border: Galerie René Block in 1960s and 70s Berlin and New York,” considers for the first time the pivotal role Block played in defining the conceptual importance of artists, consolidating art movements, and disseminating art through national and international networks. Several of the artists she considers in this context include Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Wolf Vostell, KP Brehmer, several Fluxus artists, and many others.
Further areas of interest include trans-Atlantic artistic exchange, German-German artistic relations during the Cold War, the politics of space, materiality, multiples, and German expressionism. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright scholarship and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. She is currently completing her dissertation with the support of a Whiting Dissertation-Year Fellowship.
Research Interests: Ritual vision and devotion, illuminated manuscript and liturgical art of late medieval France
Claire Jenson studies medieval art with Aden Kumler. She entered the doctoral program in 2012 after earning her B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College. Her undergraduate thesis examined extant pages of the late-thirteenth century Beauvais Missal, owned and cut up by art historian Otto Ege. Particularly interested in ritual vision and devotion, Claire plans to study the illuminated manuscripts and liturgical art of late medieval France.
Research Interests: Modern European Architecture
Research Interests: Film Photography and Modern French Painting and Sculpture
Research Interests: Italian Renaissance art
Research Interests: 19th and 20th century European art, modern and contemporary German art, history of museums and display practices, queer art and politics, history of modern printing and its relationship to the avant-gard
Max, who hails from Berlin (East), graduated from the London School of Economics (BSc, 2004) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, 2006), where he studied German Romantic art with Professor Joseph Leo Koerner. He studies European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on the history of modern and contemporary German art.
Max’s dissertation project is a history of the Berlin-based art nouveau magazine PAN (1895-1900). He is investigating the innovative use of printing techniques, inaugurating a new age of image making. He hopes to illuminate in particular the impact it has on the emerging discourse of art history itself.
Max has also interned at the Art Institute of Chicago (Department of Contemporary Art), has written catalog essays, and is actively curating shows of contemporary art.
Research Interests: 19th century European and American art
Research Interests: Byzantine art
Research Interests: 20th-Century Architecture, Modernism, Historiography
Jesse studies 20th century architecture, art and design. Currently, her work focuses on experimental and conceptual architecture and urbanism in the 1950s–1970s, megastructures and early formulations of post-modernism in architecture. Her research interests also include the history of architectural drawing and collage, the evolution of media boundaries between art and architecture, contemporary art, historiography and the visual rhetorics of art history. Jesse received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008. She was awarded a 2008–2009 T. J. Watson Fellowship for research in global architectural modernisms and planned cities.
Research Interests: Late Medieval and Early Modern scientific images, book history and manuscript studies, Late Antique material culture, and the historiography of art, particularly in Warburgian contexts
Alexandra Marraccini received her BA from Yale University in History (2009), where she was a Bartels Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art and a recipient of the Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize. She earned her MA in Medieval Studies at University of Toronto (2010-11), where she continued to work on book illustration as a locus of discourse about nature and the structure of natural knowledge. Her research focuses on Late Medieval and Early Modern scientific images, particularly alchemical and medical material, in England, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her interests in the field also include book history and manuscript studies, Late Antique material culture, and the historiography of art, particularly in Warburgian contexts. Currently, she is writing on the history of Hermetic-scientific images and diagrams, and her work on Elias Ashmole’s copies of the Ripley Scrolls is forthcoming in the journal Abraxas.
Research Interests: Nineteenth Century French Art; Drawing Practices and Techniques; Modern Aesthetics; Phenomenology; Theories of Perception and Representation
Tamar is pursuing a joint degree in the Department of Art-History and the Committee on Social Thought. She works on 19th-century French Art. Her dissertation project focuses on the drawings of Jacques-Louis David, and more broadly, on the functions of preparatory processes in early 19th century French painting. Tamar received her B.A. (Honors) from Tel-Aviv University, with a double major in art-history and in the interdisciplinary humanities program. She also studied in the New-York Studio School for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and has extensive training as a studio artist.
Research Interests: historiographies of the projected moving image; television; abstraction; minimalism; new media; art and politics; performance; happenings; queer aesthetics; and early cinema
Solveig Nelson works on the history and criticism of video art, including notions of 'art on television.' Nelson currently writes art criticism for Artforum. She previously organized book events at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, edited fiction for The Baffler, and collaborated with Sadie Benning on the video installation Play Pause, 2007. Nelson wrote her M.A. in Art History on "Ken Dewey's Selma Last Year, 1966, Direct Action and the Emergence of Video Art" (University of Chicago, 2012) after completing a M.A. thesis in the Humanities on art and television (University of Chicago, 2010). She received her B.A. from Macalester College.
Research Interests: Chinese art, history of Chinese landscape painting
Quincy Ngan got his BA degree in the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the Blue-and-Green Landscape painting (Qinglu shanshui) in Chinese art. He is particularly interested in the symbolic value of pigments and other materials in different socio-cultural contexts, the history Chinese landscape painting, and connoisseurship. Other than being one of the student editors of the university’s Digital Scrolling Paintings Project, Quincy also assists the Visual Resources Center in expanding its database with Chinese and Japanese materials.
Matt O’Connell studies Islamic art with Persis Berlekamp. Prior to joining the doctoral program in 2012, he received his BA in art history from Oberlin College and was a Fulbright teaching assistant in Turkey. He has worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art as an archives intern and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a curatorial intern. His current research interests concern issues of cross-cultural interaction and architecture in Seljuq-era Anatolia and Iran.
Catalina is a doctoral student of pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American art history. Her research explores the multivalence of colonial aesthetics and the ways in which the pre-Columbian tradition was condensed and transformed in colonial art. Catalina wrote her MA thesis on the works of Doris Salcedo from the 1990s, investigating the ways in which their materiality was connected with the socio-political context of Colombia. She received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from Universidad de los Andes.
Research Interests: Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology
Ann’s dissertation "Locating Identity: Mixed Inscriptions and Multiple Media in Greek Art, ca. 675-336 BCE" engages three categories of study: the relationship between word and image in Greek art; studies in Greek epigraphy; and issues of ethnic identity in the ancient Greek world. Her project critically examines a prevalent assumption that there exists a direct correlation between dialect, alphabet, and ethnicity in inscriptions. Broadly, she argues that artisans manipulated dialect and alphabet for rhetorical effect to evoke a variety of identities and meanings based on contexts and patterns of use. Ann is currently a Twelve-Month Chester-Dale Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the Antiquities Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Research Interests: 19th Century European Art
Research Interests: Conceptual art, language, and semiotics; art and science; and fashion and design history
Victoria is a doctoral candidate in modern and contemporary art. She received her B.A. in art history from Haverford College in 2007. She specializes in postwar German and American art and is writing her dissertation on German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven.
Research Interests: Film, new media, and contemporary art
Research Interests: European avant-gardes; post-war Austria from concrete poetry to Günter Brus; artistic collaboration; Dieter Roth; the techniques of the avant-gardes; metaphors for modernity; “Über die Malerei oder Zeichen und Mal” (1917)
Caroline received her B.A. in German Literature and Art History from Harvard University, where she wrote her thesis on the figure of the library in counter-monumental sculpture and prose in Germany and Austria at the turn of the 21st century. Supported by a DAAD scholarship, she returned to Berlin for an extended stay, completing her Masters in Kulturwissenschaft at the Humboldt Universität with a thesis on the cultural history of scissors and the relation of cutting practices to image making in Western religious and medical contexts. Her dissertation on two “groups” of artists working in Vienna (the so-called wiener gruppe and the Aktionisten, 1948-1969) is taking shape around questions of artistic collaboration, language, and action as analysis.
Research Interests: The role of medieval art at the intersection of scholasticism, Aristotelian philosophy, natural science, and the study of optics in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries
Martin studied Art History at the University of Vienna and specialized in medieval devotional art and illuminated manuscripts. He received his M.A. degree in 2009 with a thesis on the Strasbourg Exemplar. That same year, he was a graduate intern in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum and guest curated a manuscripts exhibition entitled "Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages," which opened in May 2012. Coinciding with the exhibit, his article "Visions of the Afterlife" (Apollo Magazine, May 2012) investigates visual representations of hell c. 1500 A.D.
Research Interests: illustrations, words and images in Chinese and Japanese art
Yunfei received her B.A in Art History from the University of Hong Kong in 2010 and her M.A from the University of Chicago in 2011. Her research interest focuses on the text-image relationship in East Asian art. Her master’s thesis examines a set of woodblock illustrations in late imperial China. Her paper on a lacquer table excavated from general Zhu Ran’s tomb of the Wu Kingdom in the Six Dynasties was published by Peking University in 2013.
Research Interests: Contemporary art and queer studies
Research Interests: 20th century Chinese, Japanese, and French art; cultural exchanges between East Asia and Europe, discourses of modernism and transnationalism, and the Sino-Japanese relationship
Stephanie is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in modern Chinese and Japanese art. She received her B.A. in English Literature from National Chiao Tung University and her M.A. in Art History from National Central University in Taiwan. In 2012-2013, she is an exchange scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo. Her dissertation, Representing the Past in Early Twentieth Century Japanese and Chinese Painting, explores how the visual representation of "China" as an idealized cultural identity became contested terrain for both Japanese and Chinese artists during this period of nation-building and self-redefinition.
Her articles have appeared in journals such as Modern Art Asia, Meishu, and the exhibition catalogue, Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints. She serves as an editorial committee member of the book publications, Documents: Oil Painting in China, 1542-2000 (forthcoming), and Globalization and Localization: Xu Beihong and the Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (2014). She is also the associate producer for the BBC & CCTV documentary program, Art of China (2014).
Research Interests: 20th century art and design, everyday life and the built environment, cultural memory and national formation, Scandinavian design, global legacies of Modernist architecture and design, participation and pedagogy in postwar art, Modernist art criticism, identity and representation in activist art
In 2007 Maggie received her BA in architectural studies from Brown University where a semester studying studio architecture abroad in Copenhagen piqued her interest in the Danish built environment. Her dissertation on Danish Modern traces the furniture in its Danish and American contexts in order to analyze the interrelationship between politics of consumption and discourses of modernism during the early years of the Cold War. Maggie’s mid-century focus has also included work on postwar American art criticism, exhibiting architecture and design, and László Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus in Chicago.
A former co‑editor in chief of the Chicago Art Journal and an exhibitions editor for Design and Culture, her writing and reviews have appeared in Design and Culture, The Point, The Journal of Design History and Artforum.
Nancy studies medieval art and architecture with Professor Aden Kumler. She graduated from Agnes Scott College (2008) and then attended the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she earned her MA (2009) and specialized in medieval manuscript studies. Nancy wrote her MA thesis on British Library MS Egerton 1821 and subsequently published an article offering a gendered account of the manuscript's blood-ridden pages (Medieval Feminist Forum, June 2010). Following the Courtauld, she completed a "Diplôme de muséologie" at the Ecole du Louvre. She has since worked as an arts administrator for artist Judy Chicago and has written on Chicago's land art happenings in Above: For the Earth and Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture magazines. Nancy has interned for The Cloisters and the Musée de Cluny. Her current work focuses on late medieval luxury arts and gift exchange.
Research Interests: The politics of exhibition design; histories of modernism; the relationship between fine art and everyday objects; the art market; the role of gesture in performance art and constructed environments
Michael Tymkiw, who received his BA in French at Yale University and an MBA at the University of Chicago, is a PhD candidate specializing in 20th-century art and design. His dissertation explores issues of spectatorship within the context of National Socialist exhibition design. Prior to beginning his PhD research, Michael worked as a curatorial intern at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, where he curated three exhibitions. His writings have appeared in Word & Image, the Journal of Design History, and the Chicago Art Journal.
Anatole Upart is a doctoral student specializing in Italian Renaissance art and architecture. He received his BFA in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and MA in art history from UIC (2011). During his undergrad years he worked as an intern and a research assistant at the Art Institute of Chicago (Prints and Drawings Department) on Soviet WWII propaganda posters. His current research explores effects of ritual life of religious communities on the built environment of the Early Modern period as well as of the mid-twentieth century.
Research Interests: History of photography, documentary practices, modern and contemporary African art, modern and contemporary American art, and the landscape in visual art
Leslie Wilson is a PhD candidate specializing in contemporary documentary photography and its relationship to art, the everyday, reportage, and protest movements. Her dissertation considers approaches to photography as a documentary medium in South Africa, 1980-2000s. She received a BA (hon.) from Wellesley College in International Relations where her senior thesis examined efforts by governmental and non-governmental organizations to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Research Interests: Medieval manuscripts, Early Modern, Italian Renaissance, Baroque spectacle
Kelli Robeson Wood is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Medieval and Early Modern Art. She is currently pursuing her dissertation "The Space of Play: Games in Early Modern Italy" under the direction of Rebecca Zorach, Niall Atkinson, and Aden Kumler. From October 2012 she is a Fulbright Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut.
Wood earned bachelor’s degrees with honors in Art History and Political Science at the University of Florida. She has advanced her research interests in medieval manuscripts and French and Italian Renaissance art through work on exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Newberry Library, and Smart Museum of Art. Recently, Wood curated the exhibition "On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life" at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center, visible also online at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/webexhibits/ontheedge/. Her teaching interests include courses on Italian and Northern Renaissance Art, Medieval Art, Early Modern Architecture and Urban Space, History of the Book, Baroque Art, and Introduction to Art.
Research Interests: Vernacular manuscript illumination, manuscript culture in medieval France and England
Beth Woodward is a PhD student in medieval art with a focus on thirteenth-century manuscript illustration. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in French and Art History (2008) and received her MA in Art History from Florida State University (2010). Beth is currently developing a dissertation project focusing on the illustration of the Roman de la Poire, a lyrical Old French romance from the thirteenth century. Her research interests include theories of viewership and reception, devotional and didactic modes of seeing, medieval romance illustration, Apocalypse manuscripts, and Islamic book production and illustration.
Research Interests: Chinese art, Religious and funerary art of the medieval China (220-907 C.E.), especially Buddhist and Daoist architecture and sculpture, tomb murals and carvings, and cultural exchange on the Silk Road
Jin received his BA in international politics from Renmin University of China. He then studied art history at Peking University and University of Virginia. His love of Dunhuang art and the Silk Road culture led him to major in art history. Influenced by Li Song and Dorothy Wong, both of whom have served as his advisers in the MA programs, he has also been interested in Buddhist and Daoist steles of the Northern Dynasties. Now working with Wu Hung, he focuses his dissertation on sarcophagi of the sixth century China, which reflect major artistic trends of the time and include some unique sarcophagi made for ethnic Xianbei people and Sogdian immigrants.
Research Interests: History of photography in China
Tingting studies the Chinese history of photography with Professor Wu Hung. She received her BA in photojournalism from People's University in China, and a MFA in photography from the Parsons School of Design in New York. Her research focuses on how the Chinese perspective of photography was shaped, inheriting both local art styles and western thought in late Imperial period. Prior to her PhD studies, Tingting worked as a specialist at the Huachen Auction House in Beijing for dating, identifying and evaluating 19th century photographs. She also worked as the research staff at the China Photo Archives (Xinhua News Agency). Tingting published her book NICHE:In or Out - Interviews with Contemporary American Photographic Artists in 2009, and was the translator for the first two volumes of Terry Bennett's History of Photography in China (2010, 2013).
Zhiyan Yang is a doctoral student specializing in modern and contemporary East Asian art. After spending three years at Sarah Lawrence College, bracketing a year abroad at the University of Oxford, studying mainly Western art, Zhiyan regained his interests of what is closest to his heart, Chinese art. Working at Xu Bing Studio in Brooklyn, New York as an intern, he had the chance to view the contemporary Chinese art world from a rather different perspective. His current research interests include traditional art media, architecture, visual culture, and the relationship among all three in the context of the idea of modernity from the late 19th century up to today. Aside from China, Zhiyan has also developed a passion for Japanese art and photography after the Second World War.
After receiving undergraduate degrees in Art History, Philosophy, and Classical Studies from Saint Peter's University, Christine made the obvious career choice of becoming a Math Teacher in the New York City Public schools, and obtained a Master's in Teaching (Math Concentration) from Pace University. After many years and a small epiphany involving The Wizard of Oz, she returned to her first love, Art History, studied for a Master's from CUNY--Hunter College, wring her thesis on Alessandro Allori's Montauto Chapel in Ss. Annunziata in Florence. Christine is extremely interested in the transfer and manifestation of style in 16th Century Italy, the appropriation and transformation of the classical world, and the historiography of Mannerism.
Research Interests: Modern Chinese Art and Architecture
Xi studies modern Chinese art and architecture with Professor Wu Hung. Prior to entering the Ph.D program at the University of Chicago in 2012, she received her M.A in Art History from University of Louisville. Her thesis focuses on a case study of the Paramount Ballroom, entitled “The Paramount Ballroom in the 1930s: A Modernist Social and Architectural Space.” It examines how this ballroom emerged, how it was interpreted by Chinese society, and the historical role it played in modernizing Shanghai’s urban space in the 1930s. She is particularly interested in how early 20th century Chinese art and architecture are borrowed, adopted, incorporated, and reinterpreted in both historical and cultural contexts.