College of Letters & Science

Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends:

The 2018-19 academic year is upon us. I’m pleased to be stepping in as Interim Chair, and look forward to helping Art History see another productive and successful year of teaching, scholarship and outreach.

I wish, first of all, to thank Anna Andrzejewski who served as chair during the 2017-18 academic year. As Anna assumes new responsibilities, including helping shepherd the department’s new Board of Visitors, we are grateful that she will continue to serve the department in this leadership capacity, and also wish her the best as she returns to her research program.

Times change – and we see that in our unit. We said farewell last year to two colleagues who provided vital services to the department in the last decade. Prof. Shira Brisman departed in May to take up a new position as tenure-track professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Shira’s classes inspired graduate and undergraduate students alike, and she will be dearly missed. We also said goodbye to our Visual Resources Curator, Jacob Esselstrom, after more than a decade of service. Jacob’s creativity and unceasing devotion to the department left a gaping hole – and yet we are so much richer for having benefitted from his talents.

With change comes opportunity. Thanks to the generosity of Letters & Science, we hired Carolina Alarcon as a Visiting Assistant Professor for 2018-19. A recent Ph.D. from Florida State University focusing on Spanish Renaissance art, Carolina will be teaching courses in early modern this year while also filling a needed gap by teaching Art History 202. We also hired Kelly Fox to help us modernize our visual resources collection. Kelly has experience in visual resources and archives, and with her assistance, we hope to bring our collections and practices in line with current practices and look ahead to the future. We’re also pleased to welcome six new graduate students to the department, and look forward to seeing their research added to our already diverse mix.

We invite you to be a part of our mix of classes, programs, and opportunities for 2018-19. In November, we will welcome Lauren Kroiz back to campus to give a talk on her recently-published book on 20C regionalism. Lauren taught for the department for several years before moving to the University of California-Berkeley. We also hope to host several events around our 20C theme of race and representation that complement Nancy Rose Marshall’s new 100-level course on this topic. Watch our website and Facebook page for announcements.

Finally, there is the sad news of the passing of Professor Emeritus Narciso Menocal. Many faculty and students, past and present, remembered Narciso at a memorial service held in August. I urge you to read more about Narciso’s research and legacy on our website, and look for more in the department newsletter to come later this fall.

As Chair, I look forward to working with everyone and meeting as many of you as possible. It goes without saying that we value your participation in the Department. If you are interested in getting involved, please feel free to reach out to me.

Warm regards,

Steven Nadler, Professor of Philosophy

smnadler@wisc.edu