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9 / Portraits

Zainab Bahrani

Zainab Bahrani, Ph.D., is the Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York. A native of Baghdad, Iraq, her research focuses on the art and archaeology of Mesopotamia and the eastern Mediterranean, philosophies of aesthetics and representation, gender and feminist theories. Prior to her position at Columbia, Bahrani taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Vienna, Austria. She has also worked as a curator in the Near Eastern Antiquities Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been most recently elected to the Slade Professorship in the Fine Arts at the University of Oxford. Bahrani has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of books, including Rituals of War: the Body and Violence in Mesopotamia, The Graven Image: Representation in Babylonia and Assyria, and Women of Babylon: Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia. She received her M.A. and Ph.D from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Colin B. Bailey

Colin B. Bailey, D.Phil., is associate director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of the Frick Collection in New York. Bailey previously held the positions of deputy director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Canada, senior curator at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, and assistant curator of European painting and sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bailey specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art, and in recognition of his contribution to French culture was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1994. He has taught at Bryn Mawr College, Columbia University, and CUNY’s Graduate Center, has published extensively in his field, and is a recognized authority on Pierre-Auguste Renoir. His book Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris was awarded the Mitchell Prize for the best art history book of 2002–2003.

Isolde Brielmaier

Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., is a New York-based curator and writer as well as visiting assistant professor of art at Vassar College and guest professor at Barnard College/Columbia University and New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in art history and cultural studies from Columbia University. Brielmaier is the author of Zwelethu Mthethwa and Wangechi Mutu: A Shady Promise, in addition to other publications, and has curated several exhibitions, including “Signs Taken for Wonders,” “Shinique Smith: Torchsongs,” “Titus Kaphar: Painting Undone,” and “INGRIDMWANGIROBERTHUTTER, Select Videos, 2006–07.” She has also developed contemporary art programs and special events for ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Art Chicago, and The New York Armory/Volta. Brielmaier is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from institutions including the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She has been profiled and noted in the New York Times, UPTOWN Magazine, VIBE Magazine, FREE, Upscale, The Roof TV, Miami, and NPR-WPS1 Radio in New York.

Richard Brilliant

Richard Brilliant, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of art history and archaeology and is the Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he has taught courses in Greek and Roman art, portraiture, visual narrative, and the historiography of art history. Brilliant has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh, and the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. He has published numerous articles, reviews, and more than eleven books, most recently Un Americano a Roma and My Laocoon: Alternative Claims in the Interpretation of Artworks. He has received many honors, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright grant, and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, and is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Brilliant earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Yale University and LL.B. from Harvard University. He still writes.

Christa Clarke

Christa Clarke, Ph.D., a specialist in historic and contemporary arts of Africa, is senior curator of arts of Africa and the Americas and curator of arts of Africa at the Newark Museum. Prior to this appointment, she served as the first curator of African art at the Neuberger Museum of Art and was a curatorial advisor for the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kreeger Museum, and the World Bank. She has held teaching appointments at George Washington University, the Corcoran School of Art, Rutgers University, and Purchase College, SUNY, and fellowships at the National Museum of African Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Clarke is the author of several exhibition catalogues and articles, including an essay on exhibiting African art in Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies for the New Millenium and The Art of Africa: A Resource for Educators. A forthcoming book co-edited with Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display, examines the impact that museum practice has on the formation of meaning and the public perception of African art. Clarke received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

David Patrick Columbia

David Patrick Columbia is co-founder, columnist, and editor of newyorksocialdiary.com, a Web site that covers mainly social life and events in New York and other major cities in the world. He has been writing about society and social history, as well as the column “Social Diary,” for more than sixteen years. He worked as a columnist and editor-in-chief for both Quest and Avenue, two of Manhattan’s oldest society magazines. He attended Colby College and co-authored actress Debbie Reynolds’s biography, Debbie: My Life. Before embarking on a professional writing career, he worked as an actor, a stockbroker, a clothing retailer, and scriptwriter.

Layla Diba

Layla Diba, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and art advisor. She has held positions as the director and chief curator of the Negarestan Museum in Teheran (1975–79) and as an art advisor for Private Secretariat of Her Majesty Queen Farah of Iran. She was formerly Hagop Kevorkian Curator of Islamic Art at the Brooklyn Museum and adjunct professor at the Bard Graduate Center. In 2006, Diba was invited to develop programming and strategy for the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum and to serve on the Museum’s Asian Art Council. She has curated exhibitions at the Lehmann-Maupin and Leila Taghinia Milani Heller Galleries in New York and served on the advisory panel of the Islamic World Arts Initiative of the Doris Duke Foundation. Her current publications include the Qumish: Turkoman Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn Wolf Collection (forthcoming) and Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers and Shakers of Contemporary Iranian Art. Her articles have appeared in numerous artistic and scholarly publications. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Stacy Goodman

Stacy Goodman is a senior consultant for Pre-Columbian art at Sotheby’s. She has also served as senior vice president and director of the Pre-Columbian Art Department in Sotheby’s New York office. Prior to her work at Sotheby’s, Goodman worked in the Anthropology Department at the American Museum of Natural History. Goodman earned her B.A. from Hobart and William Smith College.

David Lubin

David Lubin, Ph.D., is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, where he specializes in the history of art, film, and popular culture. Prior to teaching at Wake Forest, Lubin taught at Colby College in Maine for sixteen years. Some of his published works include Titanic and Act of Portrayal: Eakins, Sargent, James. He has lectured at museums and universities worldwide, and his book Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images has been honored with the Smithsonian Institution’s Charles Eldredge Prize. Lubin earned his B.A. from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Anne McClanan

Anne McClanan, Ph.D., is a professor of art history at Portland State University, where she teaches art history methodology and medieval art. McClanan holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of publications, including Representations of Early Byzantine Empresses, The Material Culture of Sex, Procreation, and Marriage in Pre-modern Europe, and Negating the Image: Case Studies in Iconoclasm, which was recently published in a Chinese translation. She has excavated Roman and medieval sites in Israel, Turkey, and Jordan.

Stephen Perkinson

Stephen Perkinson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of art history at Bowdoin College. Perkinson earned his B.A. from Colgate and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His research interests include the art of the French courts circa 1400, the illustration of secular manuscripts in the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance, and artistic interactions between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Perkinson is the author of The Likeness of the King: The Prehistory of Portraiture in Late Medieval France. His articles have appeared in publications such as Speculum, The Art Bulletin, and Gesta, among others. Perkinson has been honored with a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities and a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France. In addition to Bowdoin College, Perkinson has taught at the University of Denver and at Skidmore College.

David Ross

David Ross is the former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He currently serves as editor-at-large at FLYP (http://flypmedia.com) and is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With over thirty years of experience in the art world, Ross has also held positions as the curator of video art at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and as head of Albion Gallery. He has lectured at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Ross specializes in emerging artists and new media, particularly video art and net art, which uses the internet as its medium. He also serves on a number of committees, such as the Exhibitions Advisory Committee of the American Federation of the Arts and the Media Arts Policy Committee of the Rockefeller Foundation, and has been a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of catalogues, including those for the exhibitions “The Binational,” “William Wegman,” and “Whitney Museum of American Art: Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration.” In addition, Ross is a founding president of the Artist Pension Trust.

Yoshiaki Shimizu

Yoshiaki Shimizu, Ph.D. recently retired from Princeton University, where he was the Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archeology, specializing in Japanese and Buddhist art. His many areas of interest include Japanese ink painting of the medieval period, Heian and Kamakura narrative painting, arts of Zen Buddhist establishment, Sino-Japanese cultural history, and Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Shimizu has published extensive articles, essays, and books, including Masters of Japanese Calligraphy, 8th–19th Century, Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture, 1185-1868, and “Japan in the American Museums: But Which Japan?” Shimizu co-curated the exhibition “Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Mediaeval Japan” for New York’s Japan Society and was named the Society’s scholar in residence from 2006–2007. Shimizu holds an M.A. from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Susan Sidlauskas

Susan Sidlauskas, Ph.D., is an associate professor of art history and graduate program director at Rutgers University. Sidlauskas specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art and theory, gender studies, interiority in representation, and contemporary art. Prior to her work at Rutgers, Sidlauskas held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Committee on the Visual Arts at MIT. She has taught at both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was on the faculty for eleven years. Sidlauskas has written two books, Cezanne’s Other: The Portraits of Hortense and Body, Place, and Self in Nineteenth-Century Painting. She has also contributed to Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, edited by Brooke Hodge for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. She served on the Committee on Nomination to Phi Beta Kappa and is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching. Sidlauskas holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ann Temkin

Ann Temkin, Ph.D., is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Exhibitions she has curated at MoMA include “Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today,” “Projects 83: Monika Sosnowska,” “Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection,” and “Monet’s Water Lilies.” Currently, she is organizing a mid-career retrospective of the artist Gabriel Orozco, which will open at MoMA before traveling to Kunstmuseum Basel; Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London. A founding trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators, Temkin was the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before arriving at MoMA in 2003. Temkin is a frequent contributor to journals and exhibitions catalogues. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley is an artist based in New York. He is known for his paintings of young, urban African American men in poses that reference eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European figurative painting and sculpture. His work explores issues of race, masculinity, power, and spirituality. While initially his portraits were based on photographs taken of young men on streets in Harlem, his series now includes models from around the world. Wiley began his career as an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His works have been exhibited worldwide and are featured in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Denver Art Museum, Walker Art Center, Columbus Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Wiley received a B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art.


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