Art History Lecture Series
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‘My Practice Looks Very Different Today’: 15 Artist-Mothers on Balancing Work and Family After a Year Like No Other….
“The events of 2020 turned the world upside down for everyone. But the burden of life in lockdown has predominantly fallen on women, and on mothers in particular, with many pressured to leave the workforce entirely to focus on childcare while schools are virtual, relying on a husband’s typically higher income.
For many artist mothers, especially those who already work from home studios, this issue has shaped their experiences of the pandemic, limiting their studio time as they struggle to adapt to new roles as full-time teacher, chef, maid, nurse, and playmate.
The situation, with its expanded caregiving demands, only adds to the professional disadvantages mothers who are artists already find themselves facing.
We spoke to 15 artist-mothers about their experiences during the pandemic, the challenges of stay-at-home parenting, and how they’ve achieved some sort of balance between their dual identities as artist and mother heading into 2021.” – read the full article HERERead More »
An Article in Brooklyn College Magazine:
“Often against convention, Brooklyn College’s artists of color are known for turning typical notions of Black art on its end. Today they are encouraging the next generation of artists and art lovers to forge ahead in this tradition, but with the added role of crashing the gates of a long-established institution to become stewards of the American art scene.” – read the full article hereRead More »
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- The Art History Lecture Series and Black Lives Research and Action Engagement Series
Advisement in The Art Department
To facilitate communication, when you reach out to anyone in the Art Department, please include your EMPL ID so that we can access your records easily. Please also consult the FAQs at the end of this document; some questions may not need an advisor.
While you can come to any of us to ask questions, the particular areas of specialty are indicated.
Prof. Jennifer Ball (art history, transfer evaluations)
Prof. Ronaldo Kiel (digital concentration and minor, art studio, transfer evaluations)
Prof. Doug Schwab (art studio, transfer evaluations)
Prof. Derrick Adams
MA Art History
Prof. Jennifer Ball
Prof. Eto Otitigbe
Prof. Malka Simon
Prof. Jennifer Ball
Prof. Georgeen Comerford
Prof. Ronaldo Kiel (Transfer Evaluations and BA)
Prof. Doug Schwab
Art Office staff
Kathy Smith (MFA and MA)
Contact info and office hours
Derrick Adams [email protected] – by appt
Jennifer Ball [email protected] – by appt or Mon 10-11 zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4753166517?pwd=VTdwcWRFNUpia1ZLM2pRQU82MGk2UT09
Meeting ID: 475 316 6517, Passcode: 791074
Georgeen Comerford [email protected] – by appt
Mona Hadler, Chair, [email protected] – by appt
Ronaldo Kiel [email protected]
Advisement – Zoom Meeting ID: 979 5644 1356, Every week on Wed, 10am
Eto Otitigbe [email protected] – by appt
Doug Schwab [email protected] -by appt
Malka Simon [email protected] -by appt
Kathy Smith [email protected]
Elena Shereshevskaya [email protected]
Elizabeth Vittorioso [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
1. There are no classes available – help!?
Email the professor of the class(es) you want to take to get an overtally. Overtallies can ONLY be granted by the professor giving the class (not the art office staff or advisors). You may have to consider taking a different section than your ideal section. If the professor agrees contact Liz Vittorioso and cc the chair for the permission to be entered.
2. Where do I find professor’s email addresses?
From the Web Portal, Choose Academics/Faculty Profile Search and look up by last name. Liz Vittorioso might be able to provide alternate emails for instructors if you do not receive an answer.
3. Professor XX gave me an overtally. How do I register?
Forward the email permission to Elizabeth or Elena WITH YOUR EMPL ID. She will grant the overtally and then you can register.
4. When I try to register for class XX it says I need permission from the department?
Check the following:
(1) is it the appropriate section of the class for your level, graduate or undergraduate (Graduate classes begin with the number 7, so an undergrad will not be able to register for a grad class).
(2) is it an independent study class (ARTD 5150, 5151) or Internship (ARTD 4920, 4264)? These require you to have made an arrangement with a faculty member in advance (see below) or to have gotten an internship and had it approved by Prof. Simon (see below). If you have done this then Elizabeth will give permission for you to register after you fill out some paperwork.
(3) you have taken the course before at a previous college – don’t take the same course twice!
If none of these is the explanation, please reach out to an advisor.
5. I want to take the internship course, what is that and how do I do it?
The Internship course is not a course with us, it is just a mechanism for getting course credit for an internship that you do outside of Brooklyn College. You need to find, apply for and be accepted for the internship yourself, then get the internship approved by Prof. Simon who will instruct you in final details for getting course credit.
6. I want to do an independent study, how do I sign up for this?
You need to first get a faculty member to supervise your independent work. You need to pitch an idea for independent work to a faculty member. If approved you will fill out paperwork, to be signed by both the faculty member and the chair. The chair approves all independent studies Please do not think of an independent study if you have not taken the courses in the area. Independent studies are designed for advanced work with a professor with whom you have worked.
7. I want to graduate soon, what should I do to get ready?
You should apply for graduation (on the portal), which will trigger an audit before you begin your last semester, at the latest, or preferably your final year. This will highlight any issues in completing requirements and give you time to complete them.
8. I have an issue with my professor/a staff member on campus/a fellow student. What should I do?
Speak to an advisor or the chair who can advise you depending on the nature of your problem. You may speak to a trusted professor who is not an advisor as well and we will figure out the best course of action.Read More »
New York Times article about a work of our Professor, Eto Otitigbe
From New Your Times:
“CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — “Can we forget the crack of the whip, cowhide, whipping-post, the auction-block, the hand-cuffs, the spaniels, the iron collar, the negro-trader tearing the young child from its mother’s breast as a whelp from the lioness? Have we forgotten that by these horrible cruelties, hundreds of our race have been killed? No, we have not, or ever will.”
So wrote Isabella Gibbons, a formerly enslaved Black woman, two years after the end of the Civil War. She was writing here in Charlottesville, where, in the 1840s, she had worked as a cook at the University of Virginia, on a campus designed by Thomas Jefferson, third United States president, shaper of the Declaration of Independence, author of the words “all men are created equal,” and lifelong enslaver.
Gibbons, who was owned by a university faculty member, a science professor, remained in Charlottesville after Emancipation. By the time she wrote, in 1867, she was a teacher in a Black primary school. She may well have continued to teach until her death in 1889, though the facts of her later life are uncertain.”….. read the full article hereRead More »
Works by Students of Drawing 1, Drawing 2 and Independent Studies, 2020.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am very proud of the production of these drawings by my beginning, and advanced drawing students produced this semester under very unusual circumstances. Many used whatever cell phone cameras they had to photograph the images that they drew in graphite, ink, and water-media. We worked together on zoom, voice mail, and face time developing their portfolios. I wanted to share the best of their insights and talent.
Prof. Janet Carlile
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