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11 / The Urban Experience

John Beardsley

John Beardsley, Ph.D., is the director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Beardsley has authored numerous books, including Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists and Earthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape. He has also curated exhibitions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum, among other institutions. In addition to his role at Dumbarton Oaks, Beardsley is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on landscape architectural history, theory, and writing. His many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Beardsley received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D in Fine Arts from the University of Virginia.

David B. Brownlee

David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., is the Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Brownlee received the American Institute of Architects’ International Architecture Book Award and Society of Architectural Historians’ Architectural Exhibition Catalogue Award for Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture. His other publications include Law Courts: The Architecture of George Edmund Street and Friedrich Weinbrenner, Architect of Karlsruhe. Brownlee has curated exhibitions, organized conferences, and delivered lectures at many universities and institutions. Among his many honors are the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the College Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Stephen J. Campbell

Stephen J. Campbell, Ph.D., is a professor of the history of art at Johns Hopkins University, where he specializes in Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty, Campbell taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and Case Western University. He has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Campbell has authored many articles and books, including Cosmè Tura of Ferrara and The Cabinet of Eros. Campbell received his B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, his M.A. from the University of North Carolina, and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins.

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-born artist of Icelandic descent, who lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. Using sculpture, photography, and large-scale installation, Eliasson transforms traditional viewing experiences into immersive, multi-sensory ones. His art has been exhibited internationally at major institutions, including the Tate Modern in London and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, whose retrospective of the artist’s work, Take Your Time, traveled to the Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in 2008. Eliasson has also created a number of public installations, both permanent and temporary, among them the New York City Waterfalls. He trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Jane Golden

Jane Golden is a muralist and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, which has engaged city communities in the creation of over 3,000 murals and provided free art education to over 20,000 Philadelphia youths. In 1984, she was hired by the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network and began reaching out to graffiti writers to help turn their destructive energies into creative ones through the art of mural-making. Since that time, she has been the Mural Arts Program’s driving force, overseeing its growth from a small city program into the nation’s largest mural initiative, a catalyst for positive social change, and a model for replication across the country and around the globe. When the Mural Arts Program was reorganized by the City of Philadelphia in 1996, Golden became its director, simultaneously founding the non-profit Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates to support the city agency’s work. Golden holds an M.F.A. from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford University.

Lothar Haselberger

Lothar Haselberger, Ph.D., is the Morris Russell and Josephine Chidsey Williams Professor in Roman Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Haselberger’s primary research concerns the practical and theoretical implications of Greco-Roman architecture and ranges from the refinement of design detail to city-building and urbanism. Haselberger has been involved in a number of field projects and has published widely in U.S. and foreign publications. Most recently, he directed the Mapping Augustan Rome project with David Romano. Haselberger has been the recipient of awards in both research and teaching, including a Fulbright, the Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an M.A. in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University, Munich, Germany.

Anna Indych-López

Anna Indych-López, Ph.D., is an associate professor of art history at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center (City University of New York), where she teaches courses on the modern art of Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She is the author of Muralism without Walls: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927–1940, which won the College Art Association’s Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant. Indych-López has published many essays on Modern Mexican art for international exhibition catalogues (Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits; Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted; A Principality of its Own: 40 Years of Visual Arts at the Americas Society) and for publications such as Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Art Nexus, Grand Street, and Poliester. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and has been honored with fellowships from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the Getty Research Institute, and the Jean Charlot Foundation.

Kimberly A. Jones

Kimberly A. Jones, Ph.D., is associate curator in the Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has curated, co-curated, and co-authored catalogues for exhibitions including “Edouard Vuillard” and “Degas at the Races.” Before joining the National Gallery curatorial staff, she was a museum fellow at the Musée national du château de Pau and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. She has lectured and published articles on French art of the nineteenth century. Jones received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Julie Nelson Davis

Julie Nelson Davis, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches a range courses on East Asian art, including Early Modern Japanese Art and the City of Edo, Japanese Painting, The Arts of Japan, and Postwar Japanese Cinema. Her research concerns the arts of the Tokugawa period (1615–1868), particularly ukiyo-e, the “images of the floating world.” Davis is the author of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty and has contributed essays to The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680–1860, and other publications. She has held the posts of assistant professor of art and East Asian studies at Oberlin College and lecturer of Japanese art history at the University of Washington. Davis earned her B.A. in art history from Reed College, studied at Gakushûin University in Tokyo, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Davis has also received numerous fellowships and grants, including the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and several U.S. National Resource Center Faculty Research Grants from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anne Pasternak

Anne Pasternak is the president and artistic director of Creative Time, a New York-based arts organization that commissions and presents public art projects using a wide range of media to promote an appreciation of urban life and culture. Projects under her artistic direction range from exhibitions and performances in the historic Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, new sculptures in Grand Central Station, paintings in Coney Island and skywriting over Manhattan to the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site shortly after 9/11. In addition to her work at Creative Time, Pasternak curates exhibitions independently and contributes essays to various cultural publications. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Prior to her role at Creative Time, she was the director of the Stux Galleries in Boston and New York and the curator of Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. Pasternak earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her M.A. at Hunter College in New York.

Jon Ritter

Jon Ritter, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of art history at New York University, where he specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture and urbanism, public art, and the history of city planning and public space. Additionally, Ritter serves as a director of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. His honors include the Samuel F.B. Morse Fellowship and the Shelby and Leon Levy Fellowship. Ritter earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the NYU Institute of Fine Arts.

Lisa Saltzman

Lisa Saltzman, Ph.D., is a professor of the history of art and director of the Center for Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College, where she teaches courses on contemporary art and theory. She is the author of the books Anselm Kiefer and Art After Auschwitz, Making Memory Matter: Strategies of Remembrance in Contemporary Art, and co-editor of Trauma and Visuality in Modernity. Saltzman is a former fellow of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Marc Van De Mieroop

Marc Van De Mieroop, Ph.D., is a professor of ancient Near Eastern history at Columbia University. Van De Mieroop has published over eighty articles and reviews, and has authored several books, including, The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II and King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography. Van De Mieroop received his B.A. from the Katholieke Universiteit and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Susan Vogel

Susan Vogel, Ph.D., is a photographer, documentary filmmaker, and professor of African art and architecture at Columbia University. Vogel was the founder and first director of the Museum for African Art in New York. She has also held posts as the curator of the Rockefeller Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the director of the Yale University Art Gallery. The author of numerous articles and books, Vogel was awarded the African Studies Association’s prestigious Herskovits Prize for BAULE: African Art/Western Eyes. Among her other publications are Perspectives: Angles on African Art, The Art of Collecting African Art, and Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art. Through her production company, Prince Street Pictures, Vogel has created several films on African art and artists. Vogel earned her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.


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