The Andes Inverted: Professor Daniela Rivera's solo exhibition at the MFA
March 8, 2017
Professor Liza Oliver's op-ed in the New York Times
This week, Art History Professor Liza Oliver had an op-ed piece published in the New York Times. The article, titled "Why the Met Should Appoint a Female Director," makes a number of good arguments for why the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York would benefit from a female Director now that that position has become available. As Oliver says, the pattern of major art institutions repeatedly tapping men for leadership positions "is representative of larger patterns of perhaps unintentional bias that continue to pervade museum culture."
On Wednesday, March 2 2017, the article was linked on the front page of the Times, making Oliver's take on this issue (and opportunity) visible to a wide public.
Professor Oliver, who specializes in 18th and 19th century Europe and South Asia, was a fellow at the Met in 2014-15.
March 3, 2017
Bonnie Lucas '72 exhibiting at JTT Gallery in New York
Bonnie Lucas '72 is currently exhibiting a body of work from the mid-80s at JTT Gallery on the Lower East Side! The show is titled 'Young Lady' and is curated by Marie Catalano. It includes a number of Lucas' fabric collage pieces, as well as gouache paintings. The work questions ideals of femininty and the role of women in society and at home, making inventive use of found objects along with material and imagery loaded with meaning.
Lucas was an Art History major at Wellesley, and went on to get her MFA from Rutgers University. The exhibition catalogue for this show will be the first book dedicated entirely to her and her art.
'Young Lady' was featured on Time Out New York as one of their Top Five New York Art Shows This Week! (Note: link will change on a weekly basis.)
For more information about the show, see the gallery website. The exhibition will be on display through February 26. JTT Gallery is located at 191 Chrystie St, New York. If you're going to be in New York this month, stop by and see the work!
February 3, 2017
Professor David Teng Olsen commissioned for Allston mural
Elizabeth Gorayeb '97 named executive director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute
Elizabeth Gorayeb '97 was profiled by the Wellesley Daily Shot this week. She was recently named executive director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, a New York foundation for art historical research and digital archiving.
Gorayeb cites Professor Patricia Berman as a major influence on the direction of her studies at Wellesley, and as a result on her professional career. Initially unsure about majoring in Art History, she became convinced of the viability of the field as a personal area of study and a career path. "I feared I wouldn't get a job if I tried 'art historian' as a career goal," she said, but "[Professor Berman] really set me on my life's course."
Check out the Daily Shot article for more about Elizabeth Gorayeb's career at Wellesley and after, and congratulations to her on her exciting new position!
Jan. 11, 2017
Professor Nikki Greene on WGBH's Basic Black
The Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture for 2016 is coming up! Christopher Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College of London will explore the cultural history of mirages, particularly in Asia. The talk is titled "The Waterless Sea: A Cultural and Political History of Mirages."
This lecture is free and open to the public. All are welcome!
The Harry Halverson Lecture of American Architecture is today, Thursday, November 3 at 5:00 pm, in JAC 450.
Francesca Ammon, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, will be speaking on the topic of postwar America's conflation of destruction and progress.
This event is free and open to the public.
Nov. 3, 2016
What Wellesley's Reading: Professor Liza Oliver
Art History Professor Liza Oliver is this week's 'What Wellesley's Reading' feature. Listen to her speak about White Mughals, by William Dalrymple, at the link here.
Nov. 2, 2016
Professor Jay Oles featured in Hyperallergic article
Art History Professor Jay Oles, who is also associate curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum, was quoted at length in a Hyperallergic article last week about the painting shown above. This elaborate devotional painting, which is in the Davis' collection and is currently on view, depicts an aristocratic Mexican woman who underwent a pre-anesthesia mastectomy.
Click here to read the article and to see what Professor Oles has to say about this work of art!