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January 13, 2017

Call for applications: MA in Art History

Hunter College
Clockwise from upper left: Tara Zanardi (Penn State, 2016); Michael Lobel (Yale, 2014); Maria Loh (Princeton, 2015); Emily Braun (Guggenheim Museum 2015).*

The Hunter College MA Program in Art History is the largest and most comprehensive graduate Art History program in the City University of New York system, with an internationally recognized faculty actively engaged in research and publication, and committed to teaching, mentoring, and student success. Hunter’s Art History faculty publish and teach in fields from the Ancient Mediterranean to East Asia and the Islamic world, to modern and contemporary Europe and the Americas, with significant concentrations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, the Global 18th Century, Postcolonial Latin American Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art.

The program’s graduate courses are scheduled in the afternoon and evening for the convenience of working students, and many Hunter MA students work in the New York art world; there are significant internship possibilities as well. Students in the MA Art History attend seminars and pursue curatorial projects alongside students from the college’s nationally ranked MFA program in shared seminars and exhibition projects. Hunter’s Art Historians are committed to curatorial practice as an important facet of scholarly art historical research, and a number of them have notable curatorial experience. This past year the Hunter MA program instituted an Advanced Certificate in Curatorial Studies, formally recognizing a history of student-researched professional quality exhibitions that dates back nearly three decades, and acknowledges the high level of curatorial training already being provided to our graduate students. Taken with the MA, the certificate program is a specialized sequence of four courses designed to offer both a theoretical and historical grounding in curatorial practices and practical experience in exhibition research, organization, and installation. Hunter’s galleries—the Leubsdorf Gallery on our main campus at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, the 205 Hudson Gallery at Hunter’s MFA building in Tribeca, the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, and the Artist’s Institute—offer opportunities for MA students to work closely with faculty and our curatorial staff on exhibition projects. Recent seminar-based exhibitions include Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni and the companion exhibition, Critical Gestures/Contested Spaces: Art and Politics in France in the 1960s, at 205 Hudson Gallery, and Boundless Reality: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from The Patricia Phelps De Cisneros Collection at the Leubsdorf Gallery.

Faculty
Nebahat Avcioğlu, Islamic art and architecture
Emily Braun, late-nineteenth and 20th century European and American art
Wen-shing Chou, Chinese and Himalayan art
Susanna Cole, 18th and 19th century European art
Hendrik Dey, Greek, Roman, and late-antique/early Christian art and architecture
Thierry de Duve, modern art and theory
Cynthia Hahn, medieval art
Lynda Klich, Latin American art
Michael Lobel, late-19th and 20th century American art, contemporary art
Maria Loh, Italian renaissance art and theory
Harper Montgomery, Latin American art
Antonella Pelizzari, history of photography
Joachim Pissarro, late-19th and 20th century European art, contemporary art
Howard Singerman, 20th century America art, contemporary art
Tara Zanardi, 18th and 19th century European art

Recent visiting faculty
Richard Flood, director of special projects, New Museum, curatorial studies
Tim Griffin, executive director, The Kitchen, curatorial studies
Denise Leidy, curator of Asian art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, curatorial studies
Catherine Morris, curator, Brooklyn Museum, curatorial studies
Christian Rattemeyer, associate curator, Museum of Modern Art, curatorial studies
Barry Schwabsky, modern art and criticism

Curatorial workshops
Since 2014, the Foundation To-Life Goldberg Curatorial Workshops have brought curators of international stature to Hunter College to work closely with students in our MA Art History and MFA Studio Art programs. Past Goldberg Visiting Curators include Ann Goldstein, Art Institute of Chicago; Omar Kholeif, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Valerie Cassel Oliver, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Fabrice Stroun, independent curator, Switzerland; and Hamza Walker, LAXART, Los Angeles.

 

*Image above: Hunter Art History faculty selections, clockwise from upper left: Tara Zanardi, Framing Majismo: Art and Royal Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Penn State, 2016); Michael Lobel, John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration (Yale, 2014); Maria Loh, Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master (Princeton, 2015); Emily Braun, Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (Guggenheim Museum 2015).

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