RAVE: Christine Zappella
"What Being an NYC Public School Teacher Taught Me about Being an Art Historian: Some Thoughts on How to 'Decolonize' the Art Museum Right Now and Why We Need to Stop Saying That”
Christine Zappella is the Blanton Fellow of European Art at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, where she maintains the permanent collection and is working on several special exhibitions of early-modern painting and sculpture. Christine has held curatorial fellowships and internships at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Frick Collection, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Christine is a doctoral candidate in the department of Art History at the University of Chicago and holds MAs in Art History from both the University of Chicago and CUNY Hunter College. Her dissertation, “Monochrome Painting and the Corpo della Compagnia in Andrea del Sarto’s Cloister of the Scalzo” reconsiders methods for understanding the transhistorical aesthetic encounter while advancing claims about early-modern epistemologies of color, images, and the built environment. Before returning to art history, Christine spent six years as a New York City Teaching Fellow and 8th-grade math teacher in New York City, where she served one of America’s most at-risk communities while earning an MS in Teaching (Math Concentration) at Pace University.
Respondent: Dr. Margaret Morgan Grasselli received a PhD in 1987 from Harvard University and joined the staff of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1984. After spending 40 years at the National Gallery of Art—30 of those years as curator of Old Master drawings—Grasselli has recently returned to Harvard as Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings at the Harvard Art Museums, and Visiting Lecturer in the History of Art and Architecture Department. Grasselli has written and lectured widely on European drawing and printmaking with special emphasis on French master drawings of the 18th century and the art of Antoine Watteau and his circle. Grasselli has written or contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues and published many notes, articles, and reviews in professional journals. She has also organized or co-organized several important exhibitions for the National Gallery of Art, including Watteau: 1684–1721 (1984); The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections (1995); Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France (2003); Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500–1800 (2009); and Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 (2016).
Respondent: Keith Miller, J.D. is a long-time veteran of New York City public schools as an English Language Arts teacher of both middle and high school students. He has also been a professional representative of the United Federation of Teachers for many years, as well as a practicing attorney. Mr. Miller serves on the Editorial Board of Voices in Urban Education, which publishes analyses of current issues in urban public education from a diverse group of voices in education. Mr. Miller has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College, a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, and a Master’s in Education from Pace University.
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