Notes about Contributors

Chelsea Baumgartner is a second year PhD student at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she studies gender and sexuality in Islamic Art and lives with her spouse, Marlene Evangeline Imana Iyemura.

Sasha Goldman is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art & Architecture Department at Boston University where she studies Modern and Contemporary Art and Exhibition Culture in Italy. Her dissertation focuses on Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and his relationship to humor, performativity, publications and temporary exhibitions.

Kelsey Gustin is the Raymond and Margaret Horowitz Fellow in American Art at Boston University. Her dissertation, “Victorian Values and Social Reform Realism: The Visual Culture of the Progressive Era in New York City, 1890-1920,” examines representations of “the other half” as constructed images that reveal middle-class anxieties about the atrophy of Victorian values in a twentieth-century urban, industrial America.

Lydia Harrington is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture program at Boston University. She specializes in Islamic art and architecture history and is starting a dissertation project on institutional architecture in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century.

Rachel Hofer is a doctoral student at Boston University where she studies seventeenth-century Dutch art. Her research focuses on globalism in the early modern world with emphasis on the influence of trade networks and cross-cultural interaction on art production.

Defne Kırmızı is a PhD student at Boston University in the History of Art & Architecture Department. Her research focuses on the contemporary art scene in Turkey and the dialogue between current art practices and urban politics.

Nicholas Pacula received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in 2015. He is currently working on his SMArchS Architectural Design thesis at MIT. It investigates Etienne-Louis Boullée’s unbuilt redesign of the French National Library, 1785.

Ariana Panbechi is a second-year MA student in Art History at The George Washington University. Her research focuses on Islamic manuscript illustration and portrait painting, with an emphasis on the arts of the Persianate world. She recently completed her MA qualifying paper on aristocratic portraiture of early Qajar Iran.

William Schwaller is a PhD student in Art History at Temple University studying postwar art of the Americas with a focus on transnational artistic networks, discourses of systems aesthetics, and artistic engagements with cybernetics and ecology. His dissertation focuses on the Buenos Aires institution and artist group, the Centro de Arte y Comunicación.

Roxanne Smith is a second year MA student in Art History at Columbia University. She studies American and British visual culture in the nineteenth century.‎

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