Faculty Research News

Fall 2017

Professor Babatunde Lawal chaired the session “Gender as Metaphor in Africa and Its Diaspora.” at the 17th Triennial Symposium of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) held at the University of Ghana in Legon (Accra), August 8-13, 2017. He also presented a paper during the session titled “Two Sides of the Same Coin: Gender Complementarity in African Art and Visual Culture.”

Kerry Lucinda Brown, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, presented her paper, “Building a Modern Nepal: Neoclassical Styles during the Rana Era(1846-1951),” at Himalayan Studies Conference V on September 3, 2017. This conference was organized and hosted by the Tibet Himalaya Initiative at CU Boulder on behalf of the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS).

Catherine Roach was featured in “For They Are Excellent Fellows” on Verso, the blog of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Margaret Lindauer, Department Chair and Associate Professor, presented her paper “Postcolonial Curatorial Strategies: Four Exhibitions of Congolese Art” at the Inclusive Museum Conference in Manchester, England on September 17th.

Summer 2017

Kerry Lucinda Brown, Adjunct Assistant Professor, served as faculty adviser for the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Japanese Language Academy, held at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. During this three-week summer academy for Virginia high school students, Professor Brown served as faculty adviser for art history research groups while also lecturing on Japanese art. Professor Brown also traveled with the academy to visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, providing a tour of the Japanese art collection and introducing the demonstrating the Japanese influences on American art during the late 19th and early 20th century by examining objects in the museum’s permanent collection.

Colin Lang, Assistant Professor, published the article “Celluloid Drag, Sonic Disguise: Katharina Sieverding, Kraftwerk, and Glam,” The Art Bulletin 99, no. 1 (April 2017): 160-178.

Spring 2017

Kerry Lucinda Brown, Adjunct Assistant Professor, was invited by the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in Williamsburg, Virginia to give a talk on January 30, 2017. Professor Brown’s public lecture, “Devi: The Goddess and Her Many Forms,” introduced South Asian goddess traditions through an examination of objects from the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Kathleen Chapman, Assistant Professor, presented her paper “Re-Imagining Work: Animal-Human Collaboration in Heinrich von Zügel’s Heavy Labor Paintings” at the Living with Animals 3: Co-Existence conference at Eastern Kentucky University, March 22nd.

Catherine Roach has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, to support work on her second book, a history of the groundbreaking nineteenth-century exhibition society, the British Institution.

Fall 2016

Kerry Lucinda Brown, Adjunct Assistant Professor, has been invited by the members of the Torch Club of South Hampton Roads to give a lecture on the architectural heritage of Nepal on December 15th in Norfolk, Virginia. Her talk, “Architectural Restoration, Renovation, & Revival in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal,” discusses the history of architecture and historic preservation in Nepal, while also exploring how different communities in the Kathmandu Valley have approached reconstruction efforts after the earthquake that ravaged the region on April 25, 2015.

Catherine Roach’s article, “Rehanging Reynolds at the British Institution: Methods for Reconstructing Ephemeral Displays“, was published in British Art Studies, Issue 4.

Catherine Roach’s book, Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain, is forthcoming from Routledge in June of 2016. She was awarded two grants to support its publication, a Publications Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and a Faculty Research Grant from the School of the Arts.Assistant Professor Kathleen Chapman received a VCU Humanities Research Center Research Grant for her project Animal Worlds in German Modern Art and Empire.

Professor James Farmer will deliver his paper “The Great Gallery Goes to New York City: The BCS Style and the New York Avant-Garde” at the 2016 meeting of the Utah Rock Art Research Association in Delta, Utah, September 29th.

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in American Art will present his paper “Rethinking Minimalism” at theNational Gallery of Art, Washington, DC during a symposium in honor of the exhibition From Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, November 18th.

Summer 2016

Eric Garberson, Interim Chair and Associate Professor presented his paper “Wilhelm Stier’s (1799-1856) Architectural History at the Bauakademie, Berlin” at Art History for Artists: Interactions Between Scholarly Discourse and Artistic Practice in the 19th Century conference, Berlin, Germany, July 7th.

Margaret Lindauer, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs published an essay, “Reading the World: Native Histories at the Bosque Redondo Memorial, New Mexico” in a new book called Curatorial Dreams: Curators Imagine Exhibitions, edited by Shelley Butler and Erica Lehrer, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

Assistant Professor Catharine Roach’s book, Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain, is forthcoming from Routledge in June of 2016. She was awarded two grants to support its publication, a Publications Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and a Faculty Research Grant from the School of the Arts.

Spring 2016

Professor Babatunde Lawal will present his paper “EGÚNGÚN: Masking and the Quest for Eternal Life in Africa and Its Diaspora” at Jackson State University, Jackson, MS on April 21st.

Rebecca Hall, Visiting Assistant Professor presented a paper on Thai painting at the Conservation Research Forum, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD, March 21st.

Kerry Lucinda Brown, Adjunct Professor presented her paper “When is a Monk, a Monk? Public Perception and Monasticism in Nepal,” at the Fourth ANHS (Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies) Himalayan Studies Conference held at the University of Texas at Austin, February 26th.

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in American Art moderated “The Intersection of Art and Law in Félix González-Torres’ Work from the Collector’s Perspective” a panel held during “Poetic Justice” at the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, February 11th.

Craig Reynolds, Adjunct Professor presented his paper “Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Temple Dedicated to the Sovereignty of the People’: The US Capitol Rotunda, 1791-1812” at Public Art and Historical Memory in the US Capitol Rotunda, February 4th.

Catherine Roach, Assistant Professor, presented her paper “London: Exhibition Capital of the Nineteenth Century” at the 104th Annual College Art Conference, Washington, D.C., February 6th

Professor Babatunde Lawal chaired the session “From Local to Global: Ancient and Contemporary Òrìsà Imagery Within and Outside Africa.” He also presented a paper during the session entitled “Òrìsà Art and Iconography at Home and Abroad.” at the 104th Annual College Art Conference, Washington, D.C., February 3rd.

Carolyn Phinizy, Graduate Program Administrator and Adjunct Professor presented her paper “The Artist’s Photo Album: Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Photographic Reproductions of Old Master Paintings” in the session “Between the Covers: The Question of Albums in the 19th Century – Part II” at the 104th Annual College Art Conference, Washington, D.C., February 6th.

Fall 2015

Catherine Roach, Assistant Professor has been awarded a 2015-16 Faculty Research and Exploratory Grant for production assistance for her book “Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth Century Britain.”

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Thalhimer Chair in American Art curated The Thing and The Thing-in-Itself featuring the work of Marcel Duchamp, Yoko Ono, Robert Smithson and others opens on December 12th at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, NY.

Professor Babatunde Lawal presented his paper “Author Meets Critic: A Saint in the City” at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in San Diego, CA on November 20th.

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in American Art will present a paper at Homage to Dore Ashton, an event at Cooper Union on December 9th which celebrates the work of Dore Ashton through selected readings of her publications, short papers inspired by her writings and a new video by Alfredo Jaar.

Michael Panbehchi, Adjunct Professor presented his paper “The Triumphs of Alexander Farnese and the Cuzco School of Painting” at the Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America (ERIP) conference on October 16th in Richmond, VA.

Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca Hall published her paper “Materiality and death: Visual arts and Northern Thai funerals” in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

Associate Professor James Farmer will present his paper “When is a Mural? Pictograph, Mural, Canvas, Reproduction, Artifact, Inspiration, Validation, and a Few Other POVs Regarding a Most Remarkable Rock Art Panel from the American Southwest” at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, PA, October 23rd during the session “Theories of the Object in the Art of the Americas.”

Carolyn Phinizy, Graduate Program Administrator and Adjunct Professor will chair the session “Beasts and Beastly Creatures in Art” at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, PA, October 22nd.  Doctoral student Emily Davis will present her paper “Carabin’s Copulating Cats: Censorship and the Salon” in this panel.

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in American Art lectured on the Duchamp Legacy at the Nanjing Forum in Nanjing, China on September 18th.

Summer 2015

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in American Art presented his lecture “Abstract Expressionism: Energy Made Visible” at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT on June 18th and a talk on the topic of Robert Motherwell and Alfred North Whitehead at the Yale University School of Art: Norfolk on June 27th. His talk on artists as researchers, focusing on his recent research, took place on August 3rd at the Maine College of Art, Portland, where he also served as visiting critic.

Professor Babatunde Lawal delivered his keynote address “From the Margin to the Centre:  Charting the Development and Reception of Modern and Contemporary Art” at the Interdisciplinary African Art Conference, “Anya Fulu Ugo”, University of Nigeria on June 24th.

Spring 2015

Assistant Professor Catherine Roach conducted research in London on a pioneering nineteenth-century exhibition society, the British Institution, thanks to the support of a School of the Arts Dean’s Research Reassignment and a Paul Mellon Centre Research Support Grant.  She also gave two talks: “Boxes and Galleries: Space and Social Climbing in Nineteenth-Century London,” Sonic Spaces: Music and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century London Workshop, Yale University; and “Revisiting Reynolds: The British School at the British Institution, 1813-1843,” British Art Through its Exhibition Histories, 1760 to Now, Association of Art Historians, Norwich, UK.

Associate Professor James Farmer will present his paper Evolving Identities in Early Andean Art: Figurative Ceramics from Ancient Ecuador at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 15-19th.

Fall 2014

Assistant Professor Catherine Roach conducted research in London on women, art, and the navy in 18th-century Britain, thanks to the support of a School of the Arts Dean’s Research Reassignment and a Caird Short-Term Research Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum, UK. She published an essay, “Images as Evidence? Morse and the Genre of Gallery Painting,” in Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention, ed. P.J. Brownlee (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014), and contributed to the exhibition catalogue, Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901, ed. Martina Droth,Jason Edwards, and Michael Hatt (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014).

Robert Hobbs, Professor and Thalhimer Chair in American Art curated The Thing and The Thing-in-Itself featuring the work of Marcel Duchamp, Yoko Ono, Robert Smithson and others opens on December 12th at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, NY.

Professor Babatunde Lawal will present a public lecture “Art and Life in the Yoruba Cosmological Model” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA (November 2, 2014). The lecture is in connection with the traveling exhibition AFRICAN COSMOS: STELLAR ARTS organized by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington, DC and currently hosted by LACMA.  He has a chapter in the book accompanying the exhibition.

Associate Professor James Farmer presented his paper Liminality and the Great Kivas:  On the Space-Time Continuum in Ancient Puebloan Architecture at the 70th Annual SECAC Conference (October 8-11, 2014)

Adjunct Professor and PhD Alumna Carolyn Porter Phinizy Chaired the session The Renaissance in the 19th Century; spoke on Dangerous Beauty of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Lady Lilith at the 70th Annual SECAC Conference (October 8-11, 2014).

Associate Professor Michael Schreffler has received the 2014 VCUarts Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research.

Assistant Professor Kathleen Chapman presented her paper “Flattened: The Leveling of Differences between the Commercial and the Aesthetic in German Expressionism,” at a Locating Expressionism conference at the Los Angeles County Museum (September 6-7, 2014).

Spring 2014

Kathleen Chapman, Assistant Professor, recently published her paper “Hieroglyphs of Modernity: The Visual Rhetoric of the German Sachplakat,” in Visual Merchandising: The Image of Selling, edited by Louisa Iarocci, and published by Ashgate.

Assistant Professor Catherine Roach received a Paul Mellon Centre Research Support Grant for travel to London to work on “The British Institution: A History.”

Associate Professor James Farmer was the Session Co-Chair for “Great Mural Traditions of the American Southwest” at the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) Congress, Albuquerque, New Mexico in May. He also presented his paper “Chasing Rock Art History: The Role of American Rock Art in Traditional Art Historical Discourse”.

Professor Babatunde Lawal presented his talk “Meditating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art” on Friday, April 25th at The Birmingham Museum of Art  as part of the reopening celebration of the museum’s African Art Gallery.  His lecture focused on the cultural and spiritual significance of art among the Yoruba of Nigeria, contemporary movements in Yoruba art, and the Yoruba influence on the arts of the African Diaspora.

Assistant Professor Janna Israel was the Panel Chair and Organizer for “Conceptions of Early Modern Public Space”at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in April.

Professor and Thalhimer Chair in American Art, Robert Hobbs presented his lecture “Joseph Cornell: In Perspective” at the Joseph Cornell and Surrealism Symposium at The Fralin, UVA and VMFA on April 4th.

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Margaret Lindauer presented her lecture “Graduate Museum Studies in Virginia” at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Museums in Alexandria, VA on March 17th.

Professor and Thalhimer Chair in American Art, Robert Hobbs presented his lecture “Yinka Shonibare MBE: Fabric as Global Currency and Transactional Identity” at the Hybridity: Objects, Trade, and Transformation Symposium, de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on February 6th.

Associate Professor, Michael Schreffler, presented his lecture “Inca Roads and Bridges in a Manuscript from the Ayer Collection” at the Newberry Library Colloquium on  January 8th.

Fall 2013

Professor and Thalhimer Chair in American Art, Robert Hobbs Co-curated the exhibition Tavares Strachan: Polar Eclipse, Bahamas Pavilion, 55th La Biennale di Venezia, June-November 2013.

Associate Professor, James Farmer presented his paper The Gallery Beyond the Gallery: Ancient American Art and the “Modern Romantic” at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Greensboro, NC.

Adjunct Professor, Carolyn Porter Phinizy and Doctoral Student Emily Davis chaired the panel Close Connections: The Detail in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Greensboro, NC.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian Art History, Rebecca Hall, presented her paper Cremation Structures and Heavenly Aspirations in Northern Thailand at the 16th biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art meeting (ACSAA), November 7-10th.  Her paper was presented during the panel The Built Environment of Death and Cremation in South and Southeast Asia.

Adjunct Professor and PhD Alumni, Heather McGuire (2010) presented her paper Playing Systems and Meaning: Soliciting Heteroglossia at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Greensboro, NC.

Professor, James Farmer presented his paper “The Great Gallery Goes to New York” at the Utah Rock Art Research Association Annual Symposium in Moab, Utah in October.

Professor, Charles Brownell presented his lecture “The Orders on Monument Avenue” at the Virginia Center for Architecture in September.

Professor, Babatunde Lawal chaired the panel “Cultural Contexts” for the ‘Manuscripts of Timbuktu’ at the International Conference WOMEN, WAR & PEACE IN AFRICA organized by the School of World Studies at VCU on September 21st.

Assistant Professor, Janna Israel received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and a Delmas Foundation grant for the study of Venetian history to complete research for her book manuscript.

Associate Professor, Michael Schreffler received a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship in Residence at the Newberry Library, Sept. 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.