Faculty Updates

Edward Olszewski  

Edward J. Olszewski, Emeritis Professor, read “Bronzino’s London Venus for Catherine de’ Medici,” at the 40th. Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society in Columbus, Ohio, 21 March 2013, and “How the non-liturgical altarpiece communicated undefined doctrine,” at the symposium, Religion, Ritual, and Performance in the Renaissance, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 26 April 2013. He also published,  “La Vie Artistique:Pablo Ruiz Picasso,” Review of the exhibition, “Picasso and the Mysteries of Life: La Vie,” Cleveland Museum of Art, in 19th. Century Art World Wide,  12/1, Summer 2013.  Edward Olszewski is co-editor and contributing author for SIXTEENTH-CENTURY NORTHERN EUROPEAN DRAWINGS, Turhout, Belgium: Harvey Miller Publishers (Brepols), 2012; and has published, “Praxiteles’ APOLLO and Pliny’s “Lizard Slayer,” SOURCE: Notes in the History of Art, 31/2, Winter 2012, 1-6.

Henry Adams
Henry Adams has published two books this year: Abe Frajndlich: Penelope’s Hungry Eyes: Portraits of Famous Photographers, Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, editions in German and English, 2011 and Out of the Kokoon, Cleveland’s Festival of Modern Art and Dance, 1911-1938, The Cleveland Artists Foundation and the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio, 2011. He has also published a number of essays and articles, including one in the Bulletin of the Yale University Art Gallery and another in Art and Antiques. At CWRU this spring, he participated in a breakout session on “The Art of Digital Discovery: Solving All My Problems While Simultaneously Causing New Ones, “as part of the Collaborative Technology Summit.

David Carrier
David Carrier lectured widely this spring, at the College Art Association meeting in New York, and at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the National Academy Museum in New York. He published numerous essays, book reviews, and art criticism in books, print journals (such as Curator and Artforum) and on the internet, including an obituary for the art historian Leo Steinberg. One essay to highlight: “How to misunderstand Chinese art: Seven Examples.” Subversive Strategies in Contemporary Chinese Art , eds. M. B. Wiseman and L. Yeudi (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 369-76. David Carrier will be on sabbatical during the fall semester 2011.

Elina Gertsman
Elina Gertsman published The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance, in December of 2010, while her edited book, Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History will be published in September. She had two articles appear in peer-reviewed venues, and organized a session at the American History Association meeting. This spring and summer she spoke at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds (England), and at the Nordic Gender Network conference in Helsinki (Finland), where she was a keynote speaker. Beginning this year, she will serve a two-year term as a member of the board of directors of the International Center of Medieval Art.

Noelle Giuffrida
Noelle Giuffrida presented a paper at the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference held in Honolulu in March. In May, the Ohio chapter of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia invited her to give a lecture and workshop on East Asian art in May. This spring, she received a W. P. Jones Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences to assist with preparation of materials for her fall course called “Visual Exchanges in Modern Chinese and Japanese Painting, 1860-1960.”

Ellen Landau
Ellen Landau’s sabbatical during the academic year 2010-11 was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship to complete her book manuscript, on Mexico and American Modernism. She presented papers at Mercedes Matter: A Symposium, at the Figge Museum in Iowa in October 2010, and at the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston in December. She also presented a lecture on Mercedes Matter at The Wiegand Art Center, Notre Dame de Namur University in California in January.

Jenifer Neils
Jenifer Neils spoke at the Classics Triennial held at Cambridge University in July. This conference is held every three years at either Cambridge or Oxford and invites the most eminent classicists of Europe and America to partake in three days of lectures, papers and discussion.Her latest book Women in the Ancient World will appear in September; it is published jointly by the British Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. This coming year she will be the Joukowsky Lecturer of the Archaeological Institute of America and will give talks throughout the United States and Canada.

Andrea Wolk Rager
Andrea Wolk Rager joins the faculty of the Department of Art History and Art at CWRU from the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, where she spent the past three years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 2010 she was the curatorial assistant for the exhibition, The Independent Eye: Contemporary British Art from the Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie, on view at the Center from September 16, 2010 – January 2, 2011. She also gave a public lecture there in October adapted from her current book manuscript in progress, titled, “ ‘Art and the Beauty of the Earth’: The Ecological Vision of Edward Burne-Jones.” In the fall semester, she taught an art history seminar course at Yale entitled “Art and the Environment from 1800 to the Present;” she will offer a revised version of this course in spring 2012 at CWRU.

In December of 2010, Andrea delivered a paper at a conference on modernism at the University of Glasgow, while in February of 2011, Andrea’s essay on contemporary popular artist Thomas Kinkade, “Purchasing Paradise: Nostalgic Longing and the Painter of Light™,” was published in the volume, Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall, edited by Alexis Boylan for Duke University Press.

This spring and summer, Andrea devoted much of her time to co-curating the forthcoming exhibition, “Edwardian Opulence,” which will debut at the Yale Center for British Art in the spring of 2013. In preparation for the exhibition she travelled throughout England and Wales in July, visiting a number of public collections and National Trust properties to view potential loans. She is also co-editing the accompanying publication and contributing an essay “Networks of Luxury and Consumption.” She also completed two reviews, including an extended meditation on Pre-Raphaelite painting and photography in response to the exhibition, The Pre-Raphaelite Lens, on view at the National Gallery, Washington, DC, this past winter. This essay will be published in the journal Victorian Literature and Culture.

Catherine Scallen
Catherine Scallen offered a lecture course on the art of Antwerp for members of the Cleveland Museum of Art in March 2011. In May she discussed the art history programs at a meeting of the CWRU Alumni Northeast Ohio Toledo Chapter at the Toledo Museum of Art along with Amy Gilman, Associate Director of the TMA and CWRU PhD in art history, 2005. Her review of Ernst van de Wetering’s fourth volume of the Rembrandt paintings corpus appeared in Oud Holland. This summer she participated in the invited conference of Rembrandt specialists held in July at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England, and in the first Summer Teacher’s Institute in Technical Art History, held at the NYU Conservation Center and funded by the Kress Foundation.

Tim Shuckerow
“Ruby the Elephant” sculpture commissioned for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s grand opening of the African Elephant Crossing in May 2011. It was designed and painted by Mr. Shuckerow and four members of ARTS 316 painting class. His paintings were in the Art Studio Faculty Exhibit, in September and exhibited in “Summer Raku Exhibition.” Two large abstract paintings were exhibited in the Kelvin Smith library, Feb. – Aug. He was interviewed for distributed DVD, “The Intersection of Art and Science produced by the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives. He performed “Faces of West Africa”, a Multicultural Assembly at Noble Elementary School, Cleveland Heights in March,