Art History, Theory, and Criticism: Letter from the Chair
David Getsy, Chair
The Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism has an exciting year ahead in 2013–14. We are extremely proud to formally launch our new undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History, which will be the first nonstudio undergraduate degree at SAIC. It is an exciting development for the department, as both our existing Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, Theory, and Criticism students and the new BA in Art History students continue to enliven our classes and curriculum.
Faculty received major grants and appointments in the last year, including Michael Golec's grant from the Graham Foundation, Daniel Quiles's fellowship at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Annie Bourneuf's fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, and Nora Taylor's Guggenheim Fellowship. Maud Lavin recently returned from a residency as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Art Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. David Raskin was appointed to Editor-in-Chief of the College Art Association's online journal of book reviews, caareviews.org, after a national search. After my first year on the Editorial Board of CAA's journal The Art Bulletin, I was named Chair of the Editorial Board.
Recent departmental publications include a major article by Bess Williamson in the Winterthur Portfolio, two contributions to Third Text and an anthology essay on Angolan cultural policy in the Cold War [PDF] by Delinda Collier, a catalogue essay for the Tate Modern's Paul Klee exhibition by Annie Bourneuf, James Elkins's What Photography Is, a collection of James Hugunin's essays on contemporary photography titled Wreck and Ruin, my anthology of art criticism by sculptor Scott Burton, and not one but two essays on Jo Baer by David Raskin [PDF] for European museum exhibition catalogues. Graduate alumna Beth Capper (MA 2011) has a peer-reviewed article in the new issue of Art Journal based on her Art History thesis on Shirley Clarke.
Faculty have many upcoming lectures, including Bess Williamson speaking at the Bard Graduate Center and the Institute of British Geographers conference, James Elkins speaking at the International Association of Art Critics meeting in Slovakia and at a symposium at Carnegie Mellon University, and a talk by me in November as the inaugural Simpson Distinguished Lecturer at Washington & Lee University. Over the summer, Nora Taylor gave the prestigious St. Lee Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology at the University of Sydney, Australia.
The Department has also been in the press a lot recently. There has been a great deal of attention and excitement about SAIC's Data Viz collaboration with Northwestern University—in which Michael Golec has been a key faculty member. It has been written about in the Chicago Reader and Scientific American. In addition, for their annual "Power Issue", Chicago Magazine's Culture section included Art History alumni and faculty in their top lists of "Art's Hit Makers" and "Emerging Curators to Watch Now"— with three of the six young curators being Art History graduate alumni.
Other alumni successes include: Katherine Geha, named Director of the Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art; Ed Schad named Associate Curator at the Broad Foundation; Chris Cook, as Executive Director of Cannonball in Miami; Corinna Kirsch, promoted to Senior Editor of Artfagcity.com; Jason Foumberg, made Contributing Art Critic for Chicago Magazine; Clifford Allen, appointed as Researcher at the Judd Foundation; Adrian Kohn, promoted to Associate Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art; and Kelly Schindler, promoted to Associate Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. In addition to MA students now enrolled in PhD programs at Princeton University, Brown University, University of Illinois in Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of British Columbia, UC Irvine, University of Michigan, and Stanford University, we are happy to say that undergraduate alumna Lauren Cooney will be starting a graduate degree in fashion history at the Royal College of Art, London. We are also proud to announce that current graduate student Katy Loeb received the 2013 Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing over the summer.
Upcoming this semester, we have a number of exciting talks already scheduled (with more on the way). Be sure to check the Art History Department Events Page regularly, as we are adding new listings and details all the time. We have a very special event this year—our annual Lifton Lecture will be celebrating its 25th year on November 14, at 6:00 p.m. The roundtable "From Gardner to Global: Modern and Contemporary Art History at SAIC" will reflect on the unique history of SAIC's research-oriented art history department in the context of a major art school and museum school.
Please look through this website for information and add yourself to our new departmental Facebook page. There are many more successes and events in the department than I've been able to list here, but we are compiling an even bigger list. So, please send us your alumni updates, faculty news, and student successes to email@example.com.
Chair, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism