Research Interests: Renaissance, Baroque, and Chinese Art
Research Interests: Film and Media
Kristopher is a first-year PhD student of pre-Columbian art history, focusing on the arts of Mesoamerica and the Andes. He received his BA in history of art from Yale in 2011. Before entering graduate school, Kristopher worked as a curatorial intern for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MALBA Fundación Costantini: The Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Most recently, his work has examined issues of art and environment in Central Mexico.
Research Interests: Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American Art
Committee Members: Cécile Fromont
Savannah is a second-year 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 (618-907) to Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), temple mural paintings
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, art in ritual contexts, iconography, Dunhuang caves, and Medieval Japanese Buddhist paintings.
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: Chinese Buddhist art
Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Art, Aesthetics, and Critical Theory
Ed began his academic life at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied printmaking before transferring to the University of Chicago and eventually earning his B.A. in “Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities” in 2008. After kicking around New York for a few years, he made a break for the woods of western Mass and got his M.A. at the Williams College Program in the History of Art in 2012. His qualifying paper, InFlux 1962, examined Fluxus’ attempts at self-definition in the context of contemporary shifts in the concept of history. Having since returned to Chicago as a doctoral candidate, he continues to be interested in the philosophy of history as well the relationships between theory and practice.
He is 8 feet tall and once kicked a football across Lake Erie.
Research Interests: 20th-Century Architecture, Modernism, Historiography
Jesse received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008. She was awarded a 2008-09 T.J. Watson Fellowship for research in non-Western modern architecture and planned cities. Currently, her work is focused on early post-modern architecture and theories of unitary urbanism. Her research interests also include theories of ornamentation, revivals, Soviet material culture and design, pedagogy and the historiography of art and architecture.
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. She received her M.A. from The University of Chicago and 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.
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: Contemporary art and queer studies
Research Interests: 19th century Chinese and French art
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. Her research interests include cultural exchanges between East Asia and Europe, discourses of modernism and transnationalism, and the Sino-Japanese relationship.
Her dissertation, "Imagining China," examines the politics of refashioning the past in early twentieth century Chinese and Japanese history painting. She explores how the visual representation of "China" as an idealized cultural identity became contested terrain for both Chinese and Japanese artists during this period of nation-building and self-redefinition.
Her articles have appeared in journals such as Modern Art Asia, Montage and the exhibition catalogue, Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints. She also serves as an editorial committee member of the book publication, Documents: Oil Painting in China, 1542-2000 (forthcoming). In 2012-2013, she is an exchange scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo.
Research Interests: 20th century art and design, Scandinavian 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.
Research Interests: Modern, African-American art
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.
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).
Research Interests: Modernism, History and theory of photographic media (including proto-cinematic devices, photography, film, video and digital forms), theories of spectatorship, problems of authorship, historiography, contemporary artistic practices and art criticism , the conservation of fine art and media
Dissertation Title: "By Mind and Hand: Hollis Frampton's Photographic Modernism"
Lisa Zaher received her MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her BA in English: Modern Studies from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, "By Mind and Hand: Hollis Frampton's Photographic Modernism" argues for a revised history of photographic modernism through the works of the American filmmaker, photographer, and theorist, Hollis Frampton. Frampton's photographic practice, construed broadly, renders photographic production and reception an embodied, performative, and politically engaged endeavor.
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.