Modern/Contemporary

Robert Cumming

43 Harrington Gardens
London SW7 4JU
UK
e-mail: robertcumming@bu-london.co.uk

Adjunct Professor, Chair of the Executive Board,
Boston University British Programmes, London

Professor Robert Cumming is a graduate of Cambridge University. He first studied law at Trinity Hall and qualified as a Barrister and went into practice. He returned to Trinity Hall to study Art History, writing a dissertation on British War Artists of the First World Wall. He then went on to work at the Tate Gallery in London, in the Education Department, working with all aspects of the collection which ranged from the 17th century to Contemporary. In 1978 he joined Christie’s, the auction house, to found and develop Christie’s Education which became the foremost auction house programme for educating and training art professionals with Schools in London, Scotland, Australia, New York and Paris. Professor Cumming retired from Christie’s in 2000, and in 2004 joined Boston University with responsibility for the BU Centre in London.

Over the years Professor Cumming has served on many arts Foundations and Charities, including The National Trust, and the Arts Council of Great Britain. He has also lectured on a wide range of topics in the UK, USA and Europe, and has been a regular keynote Speaker at the Newport Symposium in Rhode Island. He has also organised exhibitions and presented television programmes.

Professor Cumming has written and published on a wide range of topics and has been successful with a series of books aimed at the type of adult and children’s audience that he first met when lecturing and teaching at the Tate Gallery. These books have been translated into over 20 languages worldwide and honoured with three literary prizes. He has a particular interest in European and North American art from 1850 to 1960, but also has an interest in decorative arts (he lectures on glass) as well as connoisseurship and the history of collecting. He and his wife are currently working on an edited edition of the correspondence between Bernard Berenson (who was a student at BU) and Kenneth Clark.

Professor Cumming helped to negotiate the new joint venture between the Department of Art History at BU and the Courtauld Institute in London and will be teaching students on that programme.

Jonathan Ribner

ribner3725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 210B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-1465
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: jribner@bu.edu

curriculum vitae


Director of Graduate Admissions; Associate Professor; Nineteenth-Century and Modern Art.
B.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D. New York University.

A specialist in European painting and sculpture of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Professor Ribner has published on the art of France and England in relation to the history of politics, law, literature, religion, public health, and the environment. He is the author of Broken Tablets: The Cult of the Law in French Art from David to Delacroix (University of California Press, 1993).

His articles and book reviews have appeared in The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, The British Art Journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and The American Historical Review.  In addition to modern art, his interests include Italian Renaissance and Southern Baroque art.

Professor Ribner teaches two courses each semester, generally an undergraduate lecture course and seminar in the fall and, in the spring, the modern section of the western art survey and a combined graduate and undergraduate seminar.  Topics of the spring seminar include “Romanticism,” “Impressionism through Symbolism,” and “Picasso.” He has frequently been invited to lecture at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Professor Ribner’s research support has included a Visiting Fellowship from the Yale Center for British Art (2003) and a Senior Research Fellowship from the Humanities Foundation, Boston University (2006-07). In the College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, he received a Teaching Award from the Honors Program, (2004) and a College Prize for Excellence in Student Advising (2006).

Kim Sichel

sichelphoto725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 202
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-1462
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: ksichel@bu.edu

curriculum vitae


Associate Professor; History of Photography & Modern Art,
Director, Graduate Studies; American & New England Studies Program
A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

Professor Kim Sichel has been teaching at Boston University since 1987. A scholar of photographic history and European/American modernism, she is currently Director of American and New England Studies. She served as Chair of the Art History Department from 2002 to 2005 and as Director of the Boston University Art Gallery from 1992 to 1998. Professor Sichel teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in modern art and the history of photography. She advises a large number of graduate students studying photography and modern art, as well as advising dissertations in the American and New England Studies Program. Recent books include TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography (2007), Germaine Krull/Monte Carlo (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2006), and Evelyn Hofer (2004). She is the author of Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity, (1999), published in English by MIT Press and in German by Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This book was a finalist for the Kraszna-Kraus Foundation awards for best photographic history book of 1999, and won an award for best photography monograph for 1999 from the Maine Photographic Workshops. In addition, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues in Europe and the United States. The catalogues include Street Portraits 1946-1976: The Photographs of Jules Aarons (2003); Brassai: Paris le jour, Paris la nuit (1988); From Icon to Irony: German and American Industrial Photography (1995); Black Boston: Documentary Photography and the African American Experience (1994); Mapping the West: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photographs from the Boston Public Library (1992); Turn of the Century Photographs by Robert Demachy (1983); Power and Paper: Margaret Bourke-White, Modernity, and the Documentary Mode (1998); and Philip Guston 1975-1980: Private and Public Battles (1998) . Current projects include a book about reading photographic books.  Professor Sichel has received a Fellowship for University Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1994-1995), a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College, Harvard University (1994-1995), has been a Junior Fellow at the Boston University Humanities Foundation (1996-1997, 1989-1990) and served as a Senior Fellow in 2005-2006.

Gregory Williams

Williams_WebPhoto1725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 215D
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 358-0038
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: ghw@bu.edu

curriculum vitae

Director of Graduate Studies, History of Art & Architecture
Associate Professor; Contemporary Art.
BA, Claremont McKenna College; MA, Tufts University; PhD, Graduate Center,
City University of New York.

Since arriving at Boston University in 2005, Gregory Williams has delivered lectures and participated in numerous conferences in Europe and the United States. An editor-at-large of Brooklyn’s Cabinet magazine, he has published art criticism in periodicals, including Artforum, frieze and Texte zur Kunst. He has written catalogue essays for exhibitions of Rosemarie Trockel (Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Kunstmuseum Basel and WIELS in Brussels) and Martin Kippenberger (Tate Modern in London), and has authored book chapters for The Black Sphinx: On the Comedic in Modern Art, John C. Welchman, ed. (Zurich: JRP/Ringier, 2010) and Regarding the Popular: High and Low Culture in the Avant-Garde and Modernism, Sascha Bru, et al., ed. (Berlin and New York: Walther de Gruyter, 2011). Most recently, his essay, “Ground Control: Painting in the Work of Cosima von Bonin,” appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Art Journal. His book, Permission to Laugh: Humor and Politics in Contemporary German Art, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012.

Professor Williams teaches lecture courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels in modern and contemporary art and critical theory. He is currently the primary advisor for six PhD students. A recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany and a grant from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, he took a leave of absence in 2008-2009 with the support of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Getty Foundation. In 2012 he received the Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University.