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As has been the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism’s good fortune for some time now, a new academic year brings on the arrival of a new colleague.  The department is very pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Sampada Aranke (PhD, Performance Studies).  Her research and teaching interests include performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory. Dr. Aranke joins a department of sixteen full-time (tenured and tenure-track) historians specializing in modern and contemporary art and design.  In the Fall semester she will teach an undergraduate course ARTHI 3012 “Colored By the Sea” and the graduate MA seminar ARTHI 5007 “History of Art History.”

Dr. Aranke co-curated unstable objects, a group show that opens at The Alice Gallery in Seattle, Washington on September 2nd. She guest curated Dimensions of Black which opens at the UC Davis Art Museum on September 28th, and she will present at the Tate Modern's "Black Art, Black Power: Responses to Soul of a Nation" as a part of the Soul of a Nation exhibition.

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Professor Nora Taylor published “Re-Authoring Images of the Vietnam War: Dinh Q Lê’s ‘Light and Belief’ Installation at dOCUMENTA (13) and the Role of the Artist as Historian” in the journal South East Asia Research, and she gave a keynote lecture at the University of Copenhagen's Asian Dynamics Institute's Annual Conference June 28.

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Professor Maud Lavin co-edited, along with Ling Yang and Jing Jamie Zhao, and contributed to Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. It was released by Hong Kong U Press in Summer 2017, and is distributed in the US by Columbia U Press.

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Mohn Family Professor David Raskin published a paperback edition of Donald Judd on Yale University Press and a review of Katy Siegel's book, Since '45, in The Burlington Magazine. He is now Past Editor of caa.reviews.

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Associate Professor Daniel R. Quiles published Jaime Davidovich in Conversation with / En Conversación con Daniel R. Quiles for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros' Conversations series, he wrote a review of Tania Pérez Córdova at MCA Chicago in the new edition of Artforum, (September 2017), p. 334, and he published an essay "Scheherazade's Stories: Narrative and Delay in Duane and Lamelas's Videos, 1976-87" in David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own, exh. cat. University Art Gallery, California State University Long Beach (Los Angeles: Getty Publications / Pacific Standard Time, 2017), 94-115.

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Assistant Professor Jennifer Dorothy Lee co-edited and contributed to a Special Issue of Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, titled, "The Human in 1980s China."  Her review of SAIC faculty member Michiko Itatani's recent solo exhibition, Hi-Point Contact, appears in the forthcoming issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.

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Assistant Professor Annie Bourneuf was awarded the 2016 Robert Motherwell Book Award for her Paul Klee: The Visible and the Legible.

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Assistant Professor Mechtild Widrich received a research fellowship from the University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong for January 2018, and she published a review of Carolee Schneemann’s exhibitions and catalogues in Art Journal in the spring 2017 issue, entitled “Imaging her Erotics.” Dr Widrich's critical edition and translation of Karl Rosenkranz’s 1853 book “Aesthetics of Ugliness” came out as paperback with Bloomsbury in August 2017.

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Associate Professor Simon Anderson was a keynote conversationalist with Danish Fluxus artist Eric Andersen and symposium organizer Lisa Maher at the University of Chicago’s May 2017 Fluxus/Film symposium, where he was also privileged to assist Andersen in a rare showing of his film Overwhelming Light [1966] with Hannah B Higgins.

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Associate Professor Seth Kim-Cohen spent May 2017 as Labex International Research Chair at Université Paris 8; he wrote the lead catalogue essay for artist Samson Young's installation in the Hong Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale; he organized the symposium, "United, States, America: Three Problematic Concepts," at SAIC; and he wrote a catalogue essay on the collaborative LPs produced by the British conceptualists, Art & Language and the American rock band, The Red Krayola.

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Professor David Getsy was Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York (UK) in Spring 2017. He recently published essays on Michelle Grabner, on Slava Mogutin, and on queer formalism (ASAP/Journal), and his 2016 book, Queer (MIT Press), was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. An exhibition he curated, Jared Buckhiester: Love Me Tender, opened on 15 September 2017 at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division in New York City, and in November he will give the Roz Perry Memorial Lecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the Rodin Centenary at its Rodin Museum.