The Art History Newsletter

We synopsize news and opinion of interest to art historians and provide original reporting and commentary on conferences, lectures, and other special events.

Review copies of books and journals can be sent to Jon Lackman, 471 Main Street, Hatfield, MA 01038.


Jon Lackman received his PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU in 2011. His dissertation was “Invective in Mid-1800s French Art Criticism.” His paper, “The Guerrilla Clock-Fixers of UX,” was presented at the 2010 College Art Association meeting in Chicago. He has written for Slate, Harper’s, and The New Yorker.


Sarah K. Kozlowski studies fourteenth- and fifteenth-century art in Italy and Europe. She received her PhD in December 2010 from the History of Art Department at Yale, where she wrote a dissertation entitled “Convergences of Portrait, Icon, and Tomb in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Naples.” Her current book project studies Naples as a node in a Mediterranean and European cultural network and as a laboratory for emerging concepts of art.

Jeremy Miller teaches Art History at FIDM in San Francisco. He is currently working on problems of artistic identity in early twentieth-century fashion photography.

Benjamin Lima teaches modern and contemporary art at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is at work on a book about the cultural history of neo-avant-garde artists’ groups in 1960s West Germany.

David Packwood teaches Art History and Art Theory at the University of Warwick in the U.K. He has written various articles and reviews on renaissance and baroque art. He has forthcoming publications on Poussin and Hubert Damisch. In his spare time he blogs at Art History Today.

Karen Leader received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, in 2009. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Her interests include 19th- and 20th-century art and popular culture, feminist theory, and figuring out how to live in South Florida.

Kelly Presutti is a graduate student at SUNY Stony Brook and a research assistant at the Musée d’Orsay.

Johanna Mizgala is a curator and art critic who has lectured and published extensively on contemporary and photo-based art. A PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews, her dissertation explores humour in early photographic portraiture and how such acts of wit and trangression can be traced into contemporary practice.

Travis Nygard is an art historian who recently finished his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and a co-president of the Radical Art Caucus of the College Art Association — a group that focuses on oppression, labor, and social change in art. “I consider my primary area of expertise to be modern art and visual culture, given that my dissertation was on Grant Wood’s relationship to agribusiness. I have also published on ancient Maya art, and I am planning to continue working in the field of Latin American art history. Although art historians by definition examine the past, the reason that the discipline is fascinating to me is that it allows us to look at issues which are living in contemporary society. Imagery can help us to understand, for example, how we grow and consume our food, how cultures interact, and how racial identity is constructed.”

Leslie Thompson received her master’s in art history from Texas Christian University in 2009. She currently resides in Dallas.

Oliver Shultz is a PhD student in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, specializing in modern and contemporary Western art.

Daniel Belasco is a curator at the Jewish Museum in New York. His article, “A Vanished Prodigy,” on filmmaker Barbara Rubin, appeared in the December 2005 Art in America.

Anne Byrd is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, writing her dissertation on Richard Serra, 1965-75. She presented “The Tache as Catastrophe: Cézanne’s Paintings of Bibémus Quarry” at the 2006 College Art Association meeting in Boston.

Allyson Drucker is a freelance writer and graduate student at NYU. She also holds an MA from Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in the History of Decorative Arts and Design. She has worked at Cooper-Hewitt, and for private scholars and collectors in New York City.

Ross Finocchio is a PhD student at NYU. He also works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Katherine Howe is a PhD student in American Studies at Boston University. She has worked at the Museum of Modern Art and Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum.