Julia Marciari-Alexander '89, first female executive director of Walters Art Museum, highlighted by the Wellesley Daily Shot!
Julia Marciari-Alexander, a Wellesley College Art History major in the Class of 1989, spoke to our very own student-run Art History Club this April about her current ground-breaking position, the impact a Wellesley education has had on her life and career, and the general status of women in the arts today.
As museum administration has long been a male-dominated field, Marciari-Alexander's ascendance has been a real testament to her own talents and to the education that Wellesley College was able to provide. The Walters Art Museum first opened as public institution in 1934, and although a number of women were involved in the founding of the museum, it had never had a woman leading its administration until Marciari-Alexander came on board in 2013.
The Wellesley Daily Shot featured Julia Marciari-Alexander on June 27, 2016. A conversation with Marciari-Alexander around the time of her Art History Club visit was published in the Wellesley News back in April. Check out both articles to learn more about the work being done by this alum!
Art Dept. staff member Thomas Willis interviewed by Big, Red & Shiny
Talin Ghazarian, '16, wins Susan Rappaport Knapfel Scholarship!
Talin Ghazarian, an Art History and Middle Eastern Studies major in the Class of 2016, has just won the Susan Rappaport Knapfel '52 Scholarship for Foreign Study, which funds a year of study for a senior who wants to pursue a specific subject that requires contact with foreign scholars, libraries, or other resources.
She will be working toward a master of philosophy degree in Assyriology at the University of Cambridge. Her research will focus on violence, alterity, and the body in neo-Assyrian art.
Congrats Talin, and congratulations to all the other Wellesley scholarship and award winners!
Art History professors featured in Wellesley Magazine!
Interested in what our faculty are up to? Take a look at these articles about our professors, their studies, and what they're doing with their classes in the Winter and Spring '16 issues of Wellesley Magazine.
Modernism in New England
Saturday, March 5th
9:00 – 4:30
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
A symposium funded by the Barra Foundation and co-sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield, Inc.
The Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium will explore the impact of Modernism on New England’s art and architecture. Though long stereotyped as a bastion of conservative culture and overshadowed by milestone events such as New York City’s 1913 Armory Show, twentieth-century New England was home to a vibrant group of visual artists, architects, curators, collectors, and educators who embraced Modernism and looked for ways to develop its tenets and new media as a regional expression. Illustrated presentations by scholars from across the country will address the influence of Modernism on New England architecture, city planning, interior design, and the visual arts during the twentieth century.
The symposium is free and open to the public but seating is limited. To register in advance please sign up here
To download a copy of the Symposium Program click here
Jenny Yurshansky will speak in Jewett Arts Center 450 at 4:30 PM on Monday, September 28.
This multi-modal project stems from the ground research of collecting, studying, and digging into the histories of invasive plant species in Claremont, California. Restricting my investigation to vegetation classified as invasive by the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee, I was able to determine which invasive species have infiltrated the local area.
At its root the project investigates the distinction between native versus invasive species. The discourse surrounding a list of "invasive" or "alien" flora species has interesting and fruitful correlations to policies regarding immigration, multiculturalism, and evolving ideas about national identities that are inherently tied to the identity of border cultures and specifically California, a location that has carried the name of a number of nations throughout the historical record.
Artist bio: Jenny Yurshansky is an American artist who was born in Rome. She received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine and was a participant in the post-graduate Critical Studies course at the Malmö Art Academy. She is the co-founder of Persbo Studio, an artist residency, sculpture park, and creative space in Sweden. In 2014 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Pitzer College Art Galleries, developing a site-specific project for a solo show in 2015. This year she has been a Guest Artist Researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. In 2010 Yurshansky was the first international artist awarded the Maria Bonnier Stipend from Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, the prize was awarded along with an exhibition. Yurshansky has also participated in group shows at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach Art Museum, MAK Center, and LAXART, the Torrance Art Museum, the Armory Center for the Arts, the 7th Istanbul Biennial, the Hammer Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Toyota Museum. She is the recipient of numerous artist and curatorial grants. More information is available at www.jennyyurshansky.com.
Location: Jewett Sculpture Court
On View: January 25 to February 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 26th 4 - 6 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 25th, 12:30 - 1:30pm JAC 450
Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture
Ken Lapatin "Why Fakes Matter: Authenticity in Ancient Art"
Ken Lapatin is the Associate Curator for Antiquities at the Getty Villa.
Sophie Kerwin '16 speaks at the 8th Undergraduate Art History Symposium