Category: research spotlights

Reports from Researchers Working in the Field, in Archives, and on the Ground

Plaster and Process – The Studio of Edward V. Valentine

Plaster sculptures appeared in nineteenth-century homes, studios, museums, and schools, and their use and reception varied in each of these contexts. My dissertation considers the works of two American artists, both of whom worked with and displayed plasters in their studios, and had close ties to the museums displaying plasters to a wider public. To […]

Soft Politics: The Frictions of Abolitionist Women’s Needlework

Textiles are thought to be soft objects, saturated with care and memory. Present at our most vulnerable moments, they dab at tears, wipe up messes, swaddle fragile bodies, cover nakedness. The weight of a quilt comforts us, its formal familiarity promises continuity. I  investigate the persistence of these textile narratives, their alignment with cultural constructions of femininity, the […]

Everyday Extravagance: Displaying the Art of Greek Daily Life at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Three years after opening the innovative galleries devoted to Greek epics, theater, and the symposium, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) debuted another permanent installation of 250 additional objects from its robust collection of antiquities.[1]The spacious gallery, Daily Life in Ancient Greece, prompts visitors to engage with the remarkable material culture of Greek day-to-day […]

Locating Adolf Loos’s House for Josephine Baker

Adolf Loos’s 1927 design of a house for Josephine Baker has never been assigned a site because it was never built.[1] Numerous biographies, book chapters, and academic papers acknowledge that Baker lived on Avenue Bugeaud in the sixteenth arrondissement in Paris in the years between 1926 and 1928, but none of these works offers a […]

A New Database of Muslim Women’s Patronage: Proof of Concept

Women have always been active in the Islamic cultural sphere as patrons of architecture. In the fall of 2016, I began collecting records of Muslim women’s patronage in the Islamic world to document their longstanding involvement.[1] The database covers a broad range of buildings: religious, secular, civic, residential, or some combination of all four. This […]

Wrapped in Tin Foil: A Report from the Balkans

I relate to David Maljković’s (b. 1973 Yugoslavia, present day Croatia) characters in Scene for a New Heritage (2004-2006), a video trilogy set in the year 2045 about young men—“heritage-seekers”—on a road trip to Vojin Bakić’s 1981 Monument to the Partisans at Petrova Gora. I, too, grew up surrounded by monuments to a repudiated regime—in […]

“So-Called Synonyms:” Translating Darío de Regoyos’s ‘España negra’

I first became familiar with the paintings of Spanish artist Darío de Regoyos (1857-1913) at a survey exhibition held at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, in Madrid, on the centenary of his death. Captivated by the sun-dappled fields and villages of Regoyos’s Spanish landscapes, I also began reading his 1899 travelogue, España negra. Immersing myself in the […]

Research and Scholarship for the 21st Century: The 2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

On March 7, 2015, I attended the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon held at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston, Massachusetts. [1] Only a year earlier, in March 2014, the same week as International Women’s Day, Art+Feminism founders Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey and Michael Mandiberg organized the first Edit-a-thon in New York City. […]