History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Paula Gheorghiade joins the “Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond” Research Program

Monday, October 22, 2018

Paula Gheorghiade (MA 2011) was one of four PhD candidates from around the world to be accepted to the international research program, Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond, funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative. Paula’s project titled “Entangled Objects and Regional Interaction: A Network Approach to Mycenaeanization on Crete” expands on material covered in her PhD dissertation, to focus on local, socio-material entanglements within the larger process of Mycenaeanization during the Late Bronze Age.

The project is directed by Dr. Marian Feldman (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. Antigoni Zournatzi (National Hellenic Research Foundation), and pivots around two, eight-day workshops, which include a series of presentations, round-table discussions and site visits. This year’s workshop took place at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, and was enriched by visits to National Archaeological Museum in Athens, as well as museum and site visits in Thessaloniki, Pella, Dion, and Veria.

More information on this project can be found here: https://materialentanglements.org/

In Memoriam: Luba Esther (Kolchin) Eleen, 1928-2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

We are saddened to learn that Professor Emerita Luba Eleen died on September 24, 2018. Born in Winnipeg and educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and the U of T, Luba was the founding member of the department at UTM, then Erindale College. Hired in 1972, she helped launch the new and precedent-setting Art and Art History program, the first collaborative program offered by U of T and Sheridan College. An influential and highly respected scholar of medieval manuscripts and Italian painting, her path into academics was circuitous. After years of work as an activist and mother, she returned to the U of T to complete her undergraduate degree. It was during these years that she was struck by the relationship of art to social and political life and decided to pursue a PhD. Her intellectual interests were vast, encompassing text-image relationships, medieval theology, avant-garde cinema, and classical music. She remained an activist throughout her career; she was instrumental in changing the U of T’s salary structure so that women professors could earn the same as men. She greatly enjoyed being a part of our community, attending student exhibitions, dinners, and other events before and after her retirement in 1994.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 11th at Hart House, University of Toronto.

Michaela Rife awarded 2018 Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize

Friday, October 19, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art announced that Michaela Rife (BA 2010, MA 2011, 2014) was awarded its 2018 Graduate Research Essay Prize.

The Archives of American Art Graduate Research Essay Prize recognizes emerging scholars who advance the understanding of American art history through the innovative use of primary sources at the Archives of American Art. Michaela’s winning essay probes the Archives’ Alexandre Hogue Papers and environmental histories of oil to explore the artist’s understanding of the oil industry’s place in his local Texas landscape, a discussion that opens onto larger questions concerning the role of art in promoting and naturalizing resource extraction.

More information on the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and the official award announcement can be found here: https://www.aaa.si.edu/news/smithsonians-archives-of-american-art-announces-winner-of-2018-graduate-research-essay-prize

Please join us in congratulating Michaela on receiving this prestigious award!

Prof. Evonne Levy, Winner of Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On Monday, September 24, 2018, Ulli Krull, Vice-President, University of Toronto & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, announced that Professor Evonne Levy won the Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award. Prof. Levy was selected as the recipient of the award in recognition of the breadth, impact, and excellence of her research.

As this year’s winner, Prof. Levy will give her talk at the Annual Research Excellence lecture on January 30, 2019, 3-5 pm, at the Faculty Club at UTM.

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Levy on receiving this prestigious award!

Ariella Minden receives Max-Planck Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck Institut

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck Institut has awarded Ariella Minden (BA, 2015; MA, 2016) a pre-doctoral fellowship as a member of the Department of Prof. Alessandro Nova. While taking part in the academic activities of the Department Nova, Ariella will be conducting research for her doctoral dissertation being written under the supervision of Prof. Giancarla Periti. Ariella’s project entitled “Artistic Production, Material Culture, and the University in Renaissance Bologna,” examines the rich visual culture of early-sixteenth-century Bologna and the city’s role as a dynamic site of intellectual and artistic exchange as facilitated by the international status of the University.

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