CAROLINE VILLERS RESEARCH FELLOW IN CONSERVATION, 2012-13
Pia Gottschaller took a BA in art history at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and trained at The Courtauld Institute of Art to become a painting conservator (Dip 1997), then worked at the Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, and at The Menil Collection, Houston, where she participated in the conservation of the Rothko Chapel murals. She received her PhD in 2003 from Technische Universität Munich for a thesis on the artistic process of Blinky Palermo. Subsequently, she worked as Associate Conservator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, followed by a Postdoc Research Fellowship at Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome, and the position of Assistant Fine Arts Director at German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome. Her research interests focus on issues of technical art history, in particular with regard to postwar and contemporary European and American artistic practices.
Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (Mellon M.A.), 2013
Katrin Seyler received her PhD in History of Art from The University of Birmingham in July 2012. Her AHRC-funded doctoral research explored how early-modern journeymen image-makers acquired and organized knowledge. From this research, the concept of a "Republic of Tools" emerged as a framework for the analysis of non-scholarly traditions of thought which shaped the pan-European artisan community of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As Andrew W. Mellon Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow for 2013, Katrin is developing the idea of the "Republic of Tools" by investigating how it was affected by crises and trauma, such as war, revolution and internal conflicts. At The Courtauld, Katrin is also teaching a second-year course on the evaluation of texts composed by early-modern artists, and supports the Andrew W. Mellon-funded M.A. "Visualising Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands".
terra foundation for american art teaching fellow, 2012-13
William McManus has done graduate studies in art history at Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities. His dissertation at Princeton deals with the art and films of Andy Warhol (ca. 1961-68). His is the first full length study to take Warhol’s painting, media projects and films together as an organic whole, and to place Warhol’s project within a social and psychoanalytic context of the neoliberal aesthetics that emerged from this moment. Prior to arriving at the Courtauld, McManus taught lecture and seminar courses at Vassar College, Stanford University and the Rhode Island School of Design, both in the departments of art and of media studies and the humanities centres more generally. His current research, loosely titled ‘Inside Postmodernism’ focuses on performance and projected works of the 1970s as they elaborate new models of historical experience. McManus has most recently given public lectures on these subjects at the Freie Universität Berlin, and at The Courtauld. His writing has appeared in the Art Journal and the Brooklyn Rail; an essay on Warhol’s painting and commodity relations is forthcoming in the journal Amerikastudien.
Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR), 2013
Meredith A. Brown
Meredith A. Brown holds a BA in studio art and art history from Stanford University (2003) and an MA (2007) and PhD (2012) in art history from The Courtauld. Her doctoral research, supervised by Professor Mignon Nixon, explored the ways in which A.I.R. Gallery, the first women's cooperative gallery in the United States, used feminist and other activist strategies to become the leading institutional space for women artists in the 1970s. Meredith has taught at The Courtauld, Stanford University, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; lectured and published widely; and curated exhibitions of contemporary art at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Centre for Visual Arts at Stanford and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a cooperative gallery in Philadelphia. Her research interests include the intersection of feminist politics and pedagogy, representations of labour and bureaucracy, and artistic collaboration in postwar art and art institutions. She is currently the 2013 Andrew W. Mellon Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (Activities Coordinator) at The Courtauld. Her project there examines various aspects of collaboration and collectivity and their influence on both the production of art and the writing of its histories.
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Social Sciences and humanities research council of canada fellow
Sarah Guérin received her PhD from the University of Toronto in July 2009 for a dissertation entitled ‘Tears of Compunction’: French Gothic Ivories in Devotional Practice. Prior to arriving at the Courtauld, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and also held the Hanns Swarzenski and Brigitte Horney Swarzenski
Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An expert in medieval ivories and associated with the Gothic Ivories Project, Sarah’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Medieval History and West 86th. While at the Courtauld, in addition to teaching courses on medieval art, Sarah is working on a number of projects, including a book manuscript entitled Ivory Palaces: Gothic Sculptures at Church and Court and a catalogue for the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.