Faculty, Student, Alumni, and Staff News

Sarah Archer (MA ’06) wrote an article for CNN on Martha Stewart’s career and cultural impact, and also appeared in CNN’s documentary series, The Many Lives of Martha Stewart.

Lauren Drapala (PhD candidate) presented “Follow the Hearth: Retracing the Spatial History of Edgewater’s Dining Room Mantelpiece” at the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Colloquium at the Park Avenue Armory in January.

At the Furniture History Society’s Early Career Research Symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Noah Dubay (MA ’21) presented “Comfort, Convenience and Convalescence: How the Fauteuil de Malade Changed Eighteenth-Century France”; Cynthia Kok (MA ’16, Rijksmuseum) presented “Ebonyworkers in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam”; and Geoffrey Ripert (PhD candidate) presented “The Road from Rome to Paris: Sourcing Rare Marbles at the End of the Ancien Regime and the Rise of French Taste for Objets d’Art made from Stone, 1760–1810.”

In an online talk last month, Brian Gallagher (MA ’98, MPhil ’12) presented noteworthy examples of art porcelain produced in three factories in nineteenth-century Trenton, New Jersey from his recent exhibition, Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek.

Congratulations to Andrew Kircher, Director of Public Humanities + Research, for his dramaturgical work on the play The Following Evening, which was recently reviewed in the New York Times.

Liz Neill (MA ’16) is co-organizing a colloquium “Monsters, guardians, and wonders: The hybrid or interspecies being in figure-decorated pottery and other ancient art and culture” as part of the 2025 AIA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on January 2–5. The colloquium seeks to reframe the idea of the hybrid or interspecies creature in the ancient Mediterranean world, moving away from traditional interpretations of “monsters” as simply frightful foes of heroes or meaningless ornamental motifs, and allowing for complex conceptions of their creation, purpose, and evolution over time and in varying artistic contexts. To be considered for inclusion in the colloquium, please email an abstract of up to 300 words and three to five keywords that best represent your work by March 10, 2024.

Madeline Porsella (MA ’22) and Mabel Taylor (MA ’22) have started Mandylion Press, a press dedicated to unearthing obscure novels from the nineteenth century that have fallen out of print. To stay up to date with the project, click here to subscribe to their newsletter and follow their Instagram @mandylionpress.

On January 25, assistant professor Mei Mei Rado (PhD ’18) presented “Woven Animals: the Tenture des Indes for the Qing emperor” at the “Mapping Animals in Global Space” symposium at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.

Jorge Rivas Pérez (PhD ’18) and John Stuart Gordon (MA ’03) joined the Board of Governors of the Decorative Arts Trust this January.

Antonio Sanchez Gomez (PhD ’21) was appointed assistant professor of Latin American / Latinx Art and Design History and Material Culture at Parsons School of Art and Design History and Theory.

The exhibition catalogue Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village, coedited by associate professor Drew Thompson, was recently named one of The 13 Best Black Art Books of 2023 by CultureType.

Ittai Weinryb presented “Exhibiting Faith in the Museum and Beyond,” an essay on BGC’s 2018 exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place and its accompanying publications, in the symposium “El exvoto: un patrimonio en movimiento” at the Centre d’Études Mexicaines et Centraméricaines in Mexico City in January. In addition, Pigments, the second volume in his book series, ART/WORK is now available for preorder.

The Decorative Arts Trust awarded the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art a 2024 Dean F. Failey grant to support publication of the catalogue for The Crafted World of Wharton Esherick exhibition. Emily Zilber (MA ’07), Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Wharton Esherik Museum, will edit the catalogue, which will feature essays by design and culture writer Sarah Archer (MA ’06), and Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Colin Fanning (MA ’13, PhD candidate).