My research focuses on the art and archaeology of ancient Iran, and on the regions of the Near East, Eastern Mediterranean, and Central Asia that interacted with Iran prior to the advent of Islam. I am especially interested in reconstructing the social, cultural, political and even economic environments in which objects were created. I am also interested in how our modern knowledge of the ancient world was created, since this affects how we interpret objects and the conclusions we draw about the people who made them. I have held fellowships at the Harvard Art Museums and the Getty Research Institute, and teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California. I am now the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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…-Claude, MARI: Capital of Northern Mesopotamia in the Third Millennium. Near Eastern Archaeology 79/1 (March 2016): 36-43.
“Ishtar” and “Ishtar’s Descent” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 13. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016.
“Feasts and Festivals: Syria” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 8. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014.
Online Essays and Blogposts:
“The Isin-Larsa and Old Babylonian Periods.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 2017.
“Ancient Near Eastern Openwork Bronzes.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 2017.
“Amarna Letters.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 2016.
“The Middle Babylonian/ Kassite Period (ca. 1595-1155 B.C.) in Mesopotamia.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 2016.
“Alphabet Origins: From Kipling to S…
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…ing the ‘Second Urban Revolution’. Boston University, Department of Archaeology
2014 Neighborhoods in the Outer City of Tell Mozan, Ancient Urkesh: A case study from survey data, in House and Household Economies in 3rd Millennium B.C. Syro-Mesopotamia. F. Buccellati, T. Helms and A. Tamm, eds. BAR S2682. Oxford: Archaeopress.
2018 “The Metropolitan Museum’s Excavations at Ctesiphon.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ctes/hd_ctes.htm
2018 “The Metropolitan Museum’s Excavations at Qasr-i Abu Nasr.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/qasr/hd_qasr.htm
2012 “J2 – Mozan Temple Terrace Excavations” in Cybernetica Mesopotamica, Urkesh Global Record. http://www.urkesh.org/mz/a/J02/ugr/-frame.htm
2012 “J7 – Mozan Plaza Excavations” in Cyberneti…
Margaret Samu works on 18th- and 19th-century European art and design with a special interest in the intersection between Russian and Western cultures. She earned her Ph.D. at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Art History and French. Her work has been published internationally, in journals such as Искусствознание, Nineteenth-Century Studies, and Эксперимент/Experiment, as well as a volume she co-edited, From Realism to the Silver Age (Northern Illinois University Press, 2014). She has presented lectures and conference papers on her work in Russia, England, the United States, and Canada, and has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress, among other institutions. Dr. Samu is currently working on a book-length project titled Russian Venus. She served as president of the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) from 2013 until 2015.
HELEN FREDERICK is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards including the College Art Association, and national peer-review panels. Her work has been exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York, Henie-Onstad Museum, Norway, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and is in collections of the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among many others. Frederick who is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Art at George Mason University, has fulfilled speaking engagements around the world, always emphasizing collaboration across disciplines. Throughout her life, Frederick’s passion for diverse cultures and histories has led her to travel to observe the material cultures of many societies, their skills, and ideas and to make connections among disparate cultural traditions. Her private Reading Road Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides collaborative opportunities for artists interested in works in and on paper, constructions, artist books, and critical conversations about social justice, cultural and visual literacy. In 2008, she received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award and was invited into the Feminist Art Base archive, the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Fredrick is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design.
…st Millennium B.C., edited by Cecilie Brøns and Marie-Louise Nosch, 36-48. Oxbow Books (2017).
“The Terrain of Autochthony: Shaping the Athenian Landscape in the Late Fifth Century B.C.E.” In The Routledge Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds, edited by R.F. Kennedy and M. Jones-Lewis, 315-340. Routledge (2016).
Exhibition catalogue entries in Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World, edited by Carlos A. Picón and Seán Hemingway. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Yale University Press (2016).
Exhibition catalogue entries in Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, edited by Sabine Albersmeier. Baltimore: The Walters Art Museum (2009)….
My academic interests range from the topography, sculpture, and vase painting of Classical Greece – I wrote my dissertation on Athenian autochthony and identity during the Peloponnesian War – to research pertaining to the provenance of Greek and Roman antiquities and the history of travel, collecting, and display of works of ancient art. Having worked at the Getty Villa, the University of Toronto, and the Getty Research Institute, I am currently teaching an online course on Provenance Research for Johns Hopkins University’s Masters in Museum Studies program, in addition to serving as a Program Officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
…g for Artists with art historian Dr. Arlene Raven, New York, NY
Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Artist Survival Skills with artist and development specialist Jackie Battenfield, New York, NY
Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
Advanced Bookbinding Studies with master binder and conservator Jeffrey Peachey, New York, NY
Advanced Bookbinding Studies with master binder Timothy Ely, New York, NY
Conservation Internship with Mindell Dubansky, Preservation Librarian,
Thomas H. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Professional Practice Workshops, Creative Capital, Aljira Center for the Contemporary Arts, Newark, NJ Internet for Artists Workshop, Creative Capital, New York, NY…
Miriam Schaer is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who uses artist books, garments, photography, installation and college to explore feminine, social and spiritual issues. She is represented in numerous collections, including the Alan Chasanoff Book Arts Collection at the Yale Museum, the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale’s Sterling Library, the Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection: Book as Aesthetic Object at Florida Atlantic University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture at Duke University. Miriam Schaer is an interdisciplinary artist who’s work includes artist books, photography, installation as well textiles, felt and embroidery, in relationship to artist books. Her projects, Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt and Craft Power: Enhancing Women’s Rights Through Traditional Practices in the Republic of Georgia, with colleagues Clifton Meador and Melissa Potter, earned Soros Foundation funding were realized in the Republic of Georgia in 2013. Her work has earned a NYFA Artists Fellowship, inclusion in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum, representation at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea and was an artist in residence for the Imagining the Book Biennale at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. She was a Fulbright Fellow in the Republic of Georgia in March 2017. Her series, Baby (Not) On Board: The Last Prejudice?, about societal prejudice against women without children, was included in MAMA-Motherhood Around the Globe at the International Museum of Women, and featured on Babble.com and the Huffington Post. Schaer’s artist book,The Presence of Their Absence, incorporates her photographs, research and writing on the topic of childlessness. Her interactive project What’s Your Baby? re-frames the question of why some people don’t have children to honor and respect everyone’s choices. Miriam Schaer is a an independent artist and educator. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Art+Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago, she also taught Art of the Book at the Pratt Institute, and served as a visiting artist at numerous institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, Marshall University, and Colorado College. She is represented by the Central Booking Art Space and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers
Anna P. Sokolina is an architect, historian, and curator, International Archive of Women in Architecture IAWA Board Honorary Advisor and Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture Advisory Board member. Her research is focused on women’s narratives in architecture and on transformative trends in architecture that ignite a cross-disciplinary discourse. Other areas of study – Paper Architecture, architecture and utopia, architecture and spiritual science, architecture genealogies of memory, twentieth-century built environments in Europe and the United States. Sokolina holds a PhD in Theory/History of Architecture and Landmarks Preservation (1992) from VNIITAG, the central academic branch of Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences. She graduated from Moscow Institute of Architecture (1980) and New York University SPS (2001), interned at Guggenheim Museum New York, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Public Design Commission of New York City at the Mayor’s Office, contributed for 9 years at Metropolitan Museum of Art Education Department, and Morgan Library NYC, and worked as Curator of Exhibitions at Tabakman Museum in Hudson, NY. During her t-track as architecture faculty at Miami University she curated Cage Gallery, served on Council on Diversity, REEE Curriculum Committee, and Havighurst Advisory Committee. As artist, she participated in 19 exhibitions, 5 of them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; her 104 artworks are housed in 23 public and private collections. IAWA at Virginia Tech holds a collection of her professional records, dissertation thesis and boards, artwork, and correspondence with the IAWA Founder (Series VI), as well as over 25 collections of women architects that she solicited for the archive. First independent woman curator from post-communist Moscow (1992–94) she brought Paper Architecture exhibitions under contract with Moscow Association of Young Architects, to Germany and France with support by Senate Berlin, Grün Berlin GMBh, École d’architecture de Strasbourg, and Bürgerhaus Gröbenzell; and was first female lecturer from Russia invited by European Academy of the Urban Environment EA.UE Berlin in cooperation with UNESCO in the Program “Sustainable Settlements”; in 2016–20 she served as the first SAH Liaison elected to SHERA Board. Sokolina published over 90 research papers, presented at 83 academic conferences, received 17 academic awards, and is affiliated with 14 professional societies. Among her publications — Architecture and Anthroposophy that she edited (M: KMK hardcover editions 2001, 2010, M: BDN electronic publication 2019), and Milka Bliznakov Scholar Report: Life to Architecture (2019). Her book Design Code of the Utopia is in progress, as well as essays for other edited volumes. As editor, she initiated the anthology Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture (2021/22) envisioned as a catalyst for empowering university courses, and dissertation-into-book project of the IAWA founder M. Bliznakov, In Search for a Style: The Great Experiment in Architecture 1917–1932.
I joined the University of Johannesburg as a Professor with a Research Specialisation in March 2013, and was awarded a South African Research Chair (a position managed by the National Research Foundation of South Africa) at the beginning of 2016. Holding this chair involves managing a research facility which includes postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students as well as an administrator. I have more than three decades of academic experience. Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape between 2002 until my move to UJ, a period that included a seven-year stint as Head of Fine Art, I was formerly a staff member in the History of Art Department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Much of my scholarship is focused on gender, and on exploring and analysing the works of women artists in mainstream contexts as well as practitioners working in the context of community projects in South Africa. I also have a specialist interest in the politics of public art and thorny questions it raises about transformation. My publications include four books that I have authored and another three that I have edited or co-edited. I have also served as guest editor for special issues in African Arts, Textile: Cloth and Culture and De Arte.