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Galina Olmsted

As a Mellon Fellow in the Curatorial Track Ph.D. program, graduate student Galina Olmsted helped organize Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye, on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, through October 4, 2015. This exhibition is the first major U.S. retrospective of the French painter’s work in twenty years. Bringing together over fifty of Caillebotte’s best paintings from 1875 through the mid-1880s, the show explores the depth of his commitment to original and modern modes of vision. Galina is a contributing author for the catalog accompanying the exhibition, jointly published by the National Gallery of Art and University of Chicago Press. After its close in Washington this fall, Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, where it will be on view from November 8, 2015, through February 14, 2016.

Michele Frederick

Graduate Student Michele Frederick (CTPhD program) has curated a reinstallation of Gallery 219 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "A Closer Look: Early Netherlandish Painting." This new interpretive space repositions the Museum's masterpieces of small-scale early Netherlandish paintings from the 1400s by prompting visitors to look closely at the magnificent level of detail and artistic skill of these exquisite treasures. The centerpiece of the reinstallation is a digital interactive focused on Jan van Eyck's Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, one of the smallest but most significant paintings in the Museum. The interactive enables visitors to dive deeply into the painting to explore its intricate surface, innovative pictorial strategies, and complex symbolism. Other sections of the installation explore the role of devotional imagery, the relationships between manuscript illumination and panel painting, and the rise of intense observation of the natural world to give visitors an in-depth introduction to the transformative movement known today as early Netherlandish painting.

Hannah Segrave

Graduate student Hannah Segrave (CTPhD program) is the guest curator for an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, “The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft,” on view from February 15, 2015 to June 14, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandart.org/about/press/media-kit/cleveland-museum-art-presents-novel-and-bizarre-salvator-rosa’s-scenes-witchcraft.

Rachel Zimmerman

Graduate student Rachel Zimmerman presented a paper titled "A Brazilian Idiosyncrasy: Hammocks and Social Status in Colonial Brazil" for Professor Wendy Bellion's panel "Delight and Design in Material Life" at the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS) conference held at the University of Delaware in November. She was one of two students chosen to receive the S. Eric Molin Prize for Best Conference Paper by a Student.

Material Culture Living Learning Community

The Material Culture Living Learning Community (LLC) is a community for freshmen admitted as Art History, Anthropology, or Art Conservation majors. Incoming material culture freshmen share experiences through opportunities and extracurricular activities developed by faculty members of Art History, Anthropology, and Art Conservation. Students will also have access to special resources, programs, and other activities including seminars, mentoring events, discussion groups, career development, hands-on workshops, and study groups. An exciting year is about to begin!

For more information about the Material Culture LLC, visit Residence Life & Housing.

Jeff Richmond-Moll

Graduate student Jeff Richmond-Moll was the 2013 Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellow at the Delaware Art Museum, where he organized an exhibition on the American artist Violet Oakley (1874-1961). During World War II, Oakley collaborated with the Citizens Committee of the Army and Navy to produce portable altarpieces for use on American battleships, military bases, and airfields around the world. The Angel of Victory, now in the Museum’s permanent collection, was the first of her twenty-five wartime altarpieces, completed just two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This exhibition reunites this altarpiece with preliminary studies for the project for the first time. It also explores Oakley’s unique creative process, and reveals how she responded to a volatile moment in world history by infusing her religious works with a democratic spirit and her lifelong belief in peace. “‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory (1941)” runs from February 8 to May 25, 2014. For more information, visit http://delart.org/peacemakers.

Omar Duran

Art History major Omar Durán won first prize in the Humanities category of the National McNair Scholars Research Competition with his entry "Observing Invisible Corpses: Gender and Violence in Teresa Margolles’s 'Embroidered Fabric,'" a study of feminicide in Guatemala through a particular work of the Mexican performance artist Teresa Margolles.  The project grew out of a summer project last year under the supervision of Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres. For a description of the McNair Scholars Program and for the other University of Delaware winners, see: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/oct/mcnair-research-102413.html

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