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Faculty Spotlights

Bader SpotlightDr. Graham Bader
Graham Bader’s recent projects include Artforum articles on Kurt Schwitters, Gerhard Richter, and the use of absence as a commemorative trope; an essay on twentieth-century photomontage in the 2012 MFAH catalogue Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage; and a contribution on Roy Lichtenstein in the edited volume Contemporary Art/Classical Myth, published by Ashgate in 2011. For the 2012/13 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he continued his research on Schwitters and early twentieth-century German art.

Costello SpotlightDr. Leo Costello
Leo Costello's book J.M.W. Turner and the Subject of History was published in June 2012 by Ashgate Press. He is currently at work on several projects including essays for the upcoming history paintings exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Turner at the Sea show at the National Maritime Museum in London. He is also researching his next book, Pictures of the Nothing: Romantic Figurations of the Void.

Hamadeh SpotlightDr. Shirine Hamadeh
This summer Shirine Hamadeh participated in a workshop on Labor and Local Belonging in Early Modern Global Contexts at Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität. In the Fall she was invited to present her work on bachelor-houses in 18th- and early 19th-century Istanbul at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, as part of the institute’s lecture series, Reclaiming Istanbul’s Public Spaces in Past and Present. Her recent and upcoming publications include an article on the Public Sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean between 1650 and 1950 for the Blackwell Companion of Islamic Art and Architecture, an essay on 18th-century Ottoman global aesthetics and two articles dealing with aspects of her current book-length project, Streets: An Urban History of Istanbul (1720-1840).

Hughes SpotlightDr. Gordon Hughes
Gordon Hughes just finished a 10 month fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. So far he has presented three talks this year: on Fernand Léger at Vanderbilt University; on James Turrell at Rice; and on “murder and abstraction” at the Getty. His essay “Braque’s Regard” was published as part of the catalogue to the exhibition Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945, held at the Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis and the Phillips Collection, Washington D. C. His essay “Abstraction Chez Delaunay” appeared in the catalogue to the exhibition, Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The journal Nonsite published his essay, “The Painter’s Revenge: Fernand Léger for and against Cinema.” This coming November he will be a delivering a talk at the University of Pennsylvania on the work of Fernand Léger. He is currently hard at work curating an upcoming exhibition and editing its accompanying catalogue on the 100 year anniversary of World War One, due to open at the Getty Research Institute in November 2014.

John HopkinsDr. John Hopkins
John Hopkins recently published two articles on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome that explain how Romans built such a colossal building so early in their history--even before the Parthenon in Athens--and how its size, image and sophistication effected the history of Roman temple design over the longue durée. In the Spring of 2013 he spoke at Harvard University on his current book project, a study of Rome's earliest architecture and its effects on the history of Roman art, architecture and Republican society. For the Fall of 2013 he has been invited to lead discussion on urbanism in early Rome and give a talk on the transition between monarchy and Republic at Tarquinius Superbus: A Paradigm Shift, an international conference held in Rome at the Royal Netherlands Institute and British School at Rome.

López-Durán SpotlightDr. Fabiola López-Durán
Fabiola López-Durán presented a paper, "Ut-opiates: Nature, Art and Architecture," at L'École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, last September. She recently participated as moderator at international symposium, "Mining the Archive: New Paths for Latin American/ Latino Art Research," the event that followed the launch of a remarkable project:  the ICAA International Center for the Arts of the Americas' digital archive and publications project of twentieth-century Latin American and Latino Art documents. López-Durán is a member of the ICAA Editorial Board.

Manca SpotlightDr. Joseph Manca
Professor Joseph Manca's most recent book, George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon (The Johns Hopkins University Press) was just awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2014. which is given out by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

Neagley SpotlightDr. Linda Neagley
Prof. Linda Neagley’s most recent study “Portals of the Bayeux Tapestry: visual experience, spatial representation and oral performance” appeared in 2011 in The Bayeux Tapestry. New Approaches. In May 2012 her class on “The Visual Culture of Medieval Pilgrimage” walked the 120 mile French medieval pilgrimage trail called the Via Podiensis from Le Puy to Moissac. Her current project, “Virtual Rouen” involves the use of new spatial technologies to model the medieval city in order to study the spatial and visual experience of the city at the end of the middle ages. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Medieval Art at the Cloisters in New York.

Oukaderova SpotlightDr. Lida Oukaderova
Last spring, Lida Oukaderova was invited to present her work at the Russian Cinema Research Group at University College London (UK) and participated in a panel on Money and Russian Culture at the annual meeting of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. Her article “I am Cuba and the Space of Revolution” will appear in the journal Film & History in 2014. Next spring, she will speak on the Russian director Kira Muratova as part of the panel “Space, Place, and Gender” at the annual convention of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Seattle.

SusanDr. Shih-shan Susan Huang
Shih-shan Susan Huang's book, Picturing the True Form: Daoist Visual Culture in Traditional China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2012), which is currently out of print, will be available in paperback edition in Spring 2015. Huang received the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Scholar Grant and the Rice Humanities Research Center Teaching Release fellowship in 2014-2015 to work on her book, First Impressions: Chinese Religious Woodcuts, 850-1450. This fall she will present her new researches at two international conferences: the Song Painting conference organized by the Zhejiang University Museum, and the Art, Archaeology and History conference co-organized by Fudan University and the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Huang's recent articles examine Daoist visual culture and Xi Xia Buddhist printed frontispieces; they appear in Palace Museum Research Quarterly, Zhejiang University Journal of Art and Archaeology, and edited volumes published by Rock Publishing (Taipei) and Brill (Leiden).

Wolfthal SpotlightDr. Diane Wolfthal
Diane Wolfthal's article "Household Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants," has been awarded the prize for the Best Article on women and gender for the year 2013 by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
She will present a plenary paper, "Foregrounding the Background: Images of Dutch and Flemish Household Servants" for the conference Concerning Early Modern women of the Low Countries, to be held in Antwerp in Spring 2015.