Alumni News, April 2012

PhD, Class of 2009

Stephanie Lake, a Minneapolis-based jewelry designer, has been selected by the American Craft Council for their national “Style Maker” campaign. Defined as someone who “possesses a strong sense of style and values and invests in beautiful handmade objects,” Stephanie’s profile will appear in the April-May issue of American Craft

PhD, Class of 2006

Jacqueline Atkins recently curated Unfolding Stories: Culture and Tradition in American Quilts for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Although she retired as chief curator for the Allentown Art Museum at the end of 2010 she has continued as the Kate Fowler Merle-Smith Consulting Curator of Textiles into 2012. Her last exhibition, Gothic to Goth: Embracing the Dark Side (on view through April 29, 2012), presents an overview of the nineteenth-century cult of mourning in American art and fashion and traces how that trend translated into contemporary Goth fashion. She also authored “Wearing Novelty,” an essay on modern Japanese textiles that will appear in The Brittle Decade: Visualizing Culture in 1930s Japan, to be published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in June 2012.

Daniella Ohad Smith lectured and moderated an event on George Nakashima at the Museum of Arts and Design this past fall. Notable guests included Mira Nakashima, Jeannine Falino, and James Zemaitis. This spring, she will be a guest lecturer at the Masters program in Integrated Design Studies at the Design School of the Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. She will also be directing a new program at the New York School of Interior Design entitled “Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights.”

MA, Class of 2011

Kimberly Sorensen is now working at Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey as a cataloger in the twentieth-century design department. Last year, she presented part of her thesis at the Oxford Food Symposium in England and at the Culinary Historians of New York.

MPhil, Class of 2009

Lee Talbot curated two exhibitions that opened this spring at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.: Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep and Woven Treasures of Japan’s Tawaraya Workshop. In preparation for the latter, he studied in Kyoto with Mr. Hyoji Kitagawa, a Living National Treasure and eighteenth-generation head of Tawaraya, a 500-year-old silk workshop. Lee is also coordinating curator for Sourcing the Museum, an invitational exhibition by textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen on view at the museum through August 19, 2012.

MA, Class of 2009

Adam Brandow will be attending the 61st  Attingham Summer School in July. Over the course of eighteen days, participants will visit English country houses in Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Dorset.

MA, Class of 2007

Rebecca Tilles, is a curatorial research associate for decorative arts and sculpture in the Art of Europe Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently involved in the planning of four new galleries dedicated to eighteenth and nineteenth-century English decorative arts, scheduled to open in April 2013. She is also assisting with a new installation of the Rita and Frits Markus Collection of European ceramics and enamels scheduled to open in June 2012, as well as the design and re-installation of a Hanoverian silver buffet display scheduled to open in September 2012. 

MA, Class of 2005

Marcella Ruble will be presenting the exhibition Andrea Wilmsen; Otium-Negotium at her gallery Harris & Ruble from May 12 through June 24, 2012. She recently co-authored Beverly Hills’ First Estate, The House and Gardens of Virginia & Harry Robinson (Friends of Robinson Gardens, 2011) with Timothy Lindsay and Evelyn Carlson.

Jen Larson joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January 2012 as the assistant visual resource manager for the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. She also recently presented a paper on the life and career of interior architect, Michael Kalil (1943-1991) as part of the Kalil Foundation Fellowship Award announcement ceremony, an annual event hosted by the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School of Design in New York City.

MA, Class of 2004

Leigh Wishner recently returned to her native Los Angeles and is working at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the curatorial assistant in the Costume and Textiles Department.

MA, Class of 2000

Anne Eschapasse was recently appointed head of exhibitions and scholarly publications at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Canada. She is in charge of exhibition programming and management, as well as international partnerships and publications. The museum is currently embarking on an ambitious expansion program— a new pavilion designed by OMA (Rem Koolhaas) is scheduled to open in fall 2014.

MA, Class of 1999

Judith Gura’s latest book, entitled Design After Modernism: Furniture and Interiors, 1970-2012 (W.W. Norton & Company Inc.) became available this past February. Design After Modernism offers an overview of developments in design over the past four decades—some evolutionary, some expected, and some extraordinary. She is also completing a series of lectures on “Milestones of Modern Design” at the 92YTribeca this March.

January 2012 Alumni News

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