Faculty Accomplishments

Check out some of the accomplishments of the Fine Arts Faculty! From exhibitions, to lectures, to publishing articles and books, the Fine Arts Faculty are active outside of the Brandeis community as well here at home.

Spring 2021

Nancy Scott
January 2021
Nancy Scott wrote an article that was published online by the UK journal, the Journal for the History of Collections, and will later be in the print journal. Article titled "Henry Clay Frick and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The blockbuster exhibition of 1910."
Work by Sonia Almeida, painting hanging from the ceiling by two chains

Work by Sonia Almeida

Sonia Almeida
February 2021
Work by Sonia Almeida is part of a group show called, "l'entre-deux," which is on view beginning February 15th at the Pina Gallery in Vienna, Austria.
Tory Fair
February 2021
Tory Fair gave a talk with artist Mary Miss that was hosted by Institute for Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. This talk is in conjunction with Tory Fair's solo exhibit "Portable Window" on view at the museum from January 15 through March 14. Check out the museum’s website for more information about the exhibition. 
Colorful and abstract gestural oil painting

Detail: Alfredo Gisholt, Studio (afternoon), 2020, oil on canvas, 78" x 90”

Alfredo Gisholt
February 2021
Fine Arts faculty member, Alfredo Gisholt has a solo exhibition, "Rituals of Perception" up at Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston, Texas, on view till May 1, 2021. Check out some of the installation shots in the gallery. The show was also featured on the events page in the Art in America newsletter - check out the write up!
Susan Lichtman
February 2021
Susan Lichtman was in a group show called "Paradise Island" at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects in New York. Show was on view from February 17th to March 20th.
Nancy Scott
February 2021
On Wednesday, February 10th, Nancy Scott presented a paper at the College Art Association Conference. The paper, "The Woman Abolitionist and The Slave Ship:  Alice Sturgis Hooper, Collector of Allston and Turner" was presented on a panel called "Chronicling Lost Legacies:  Women Collectors and Dealers of the long Nineteenth Century."

Fall 2020

Tory Fair
August 2020
Tory Fair received a senior faculty research leave for Fall 2020. After adjusting the project due to COVID-19, Tory has focused on work that has developed from an intergenerational dialogue with artist, Mary Miss that she began two years ago. Talking with Miss in her studio has inspired Tory to steward some of the seeds that Miss planted as a sculptor in the 1970s. She is guided by her priorities: “Breathing space, human scale, and first-hand experience.”
Reverse Timeline Stretched, 2019 Printed fabric, screen print, cotton and wool, metal mechanism Installed dimensions: 54 × 40 × 18 inches (137.16 × 101.60 × 45.72 cm)

Work by Sonia Almeida

Sonia Almeida

September 2020
Sonia has work in a group show, Vantage Points, at the GRIMM Gallery in New York. The show opens on September 3, 2020 and closes October 17, 2020. For more details about the show, visit GRIMM Gallery's website.

lauren woods

September 2020
lauren woods participated in a lecture series entitled: Forms of Reparations: The Museum and Restorative Justice. The series is presented by the Museum & Curatorial Studies graduate students of the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach. For more details, visit the lecture series' website

 

lauren woods
October 2020
lauren woods gave a keynote for Now and There, the Public Art Accelerator Forum that will examine public art-making while sharing the resources available to the artists who participated in the three-year pilot N+T Public Art Accelerator program. For more information, visit Now and There's website
Aida Yuen Wong
October 2020
Aida Yuen Wong was a discussant in the panel “Analogy in Art History and Museum Practice” at the Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada.
Painting of large legs towering over figures on the ground

Ariel Basson Freiberg, "Precession of the Equinoxes," 2020. oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches

Ariel Freiberg

November 2020
The Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University presents Hellbent, a solo exhibition by Ariel Basson Freiberg. Hellbent explores the structure of spectatorship through paintings that fluctuate between the divide of spectacle and concealment. Drawing from narratives and representations of Salome, the young woman who lasciviously danced in exchange for the head of John the Baptist, Freiberg beckons us to consider the nature of the infamous performance in relation to desire, gender, sexuality, and power. Through the sensuous and energetic handling of her medium, Freiberg operates alongside her protagonist, and her painterly gestures multitask as form and narration. The exhibition is on view from November 16, 2020 through May 28, 2021.

Christopher Frost

November 2020
Chris has a piece in the exhibit "Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars’ Rocks" on view at the Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center in New York on view through November 30th. For more information, visit Gallery Korea's website

Photograph of human arm with a bird on one of the fingers of the hand

Sheida Soleimani, 1/8/2020, 2020. Archival pigment print. 40 x 30 in/102 x 76 cm

Sheida Soleimani

November 2020
Denny Dimin Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Sheida Soleimani, Hotbed, running from November 6th to December 23rd, 2020. An opening talk with the artist and Jasmine Wahi, the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum, will accompany the exhibition on November 6th. For more information, visit Denny Dimin Gallery's website. Sheida Soleimani's gallery show was also featured in a New York Times article on gallery shows to see!

 

Aida Yuen Wong

November 2020
Aida Yuen Wong gave a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit "Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars’ Rocks" on view at the Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center in New York. For more information, visit Gallery Korea's website

Summer 2020

Tory Fair
Summer 2020
Tory was included in the first Boston art fair, AREA CODE.  She was curated into the Special Projects section of the month long art fair and rolled Portable Window, work generated from research with Mary Miss,  in outside happenings at Ink Block in Boston, at Revere Beach, in East Boston, and in her local Arlington community.

Spring 2020

Sheida Soleimani
January 2020
Multimedia exhibition entitled Medium of Exchange opened January 9. 2020 at the Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels, Belgium and runs through March 21, 2020. Check out a review of the this exhibition.
Joe Wardwell
January 2020
Joe Wardwell began working on his installation at a renovated public library in the city's Roxbury neighborhood. Joe was awarded this opportunity by the Boston Art Commission. His murals feature large, block text that can be seen from a distance along with smaller, subtler screen-printed text, laid over paintings of landscapes. He partnered with local poet Nakia Hill and 826 Boston, a non-profit that supports the writing and literacy in Roxbury, to have young people from the neighborhood create poems for the three murals that will hang inside the renovated Roxbury branch of Boston Public Libraries when it reopens to the public. Learn more about this project by reading this BrandeisNow article!
Peter Kalb
February 2020
Peter Kalb chaired a session on interdisciplinarity called "Companion or Competing Disciplines: Histories of Art History and Archaeology" at CAA.
Aida Yuen Wong
February 2020
Aida Yuen Wong spoke at the Centre Pompidou at an exhibition for the artist Yuan Jai.
Aida Yuen Wong
February 2020
Aida Yuen Wong served as a specially invited discussant for the panel "Negotiating Women’s Emancipation in East Asia through Art."

Fall 2019

Sonia Almeida
September 2019
Sonia Almeida has an artist book in the exhibition Bookworks organized by Dina Deitsch at Tufts University Art Galleries. Check out the exhibition.
Alfredo Gisholt
October 2019
Alfredo Gisholt traveled to the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, ME for a studio visit with students, as well as panel discussion with George Kinghorn, Director, University of Maine Museum of Art, Jaime DeSimone, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art.
Alfredo Gisholt
October 2019
Alfredo Gisholt took part in the Artist and Scholar Lecture Series at Michigan State University.
Sheida Solemani
October 2019
Sheida Soleimani gave a talk about her recent work and exhibitions at Yale University's School of Art on Thursday, October 17.
Gannit Ankori
November 2019
Gannit Ankori gave a talk on Thursday, Nov. 14th at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The lecture, "Frida Kahlo’s Art and the Construction of Identities," cuts through the “Fridamania” to explore her life and legacy.

Summer 2019

Sonia Almeida
Sonia Almeida traveled to Rome to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere and to Siena to visit Simone Martini’s Blessed Agostino Altarpiece as part of the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Fellowship.
Gannit Ankori
Gannit Ankori's new edited volume, titled The Painter is a Spy: Texts by Larry Abramson, was launched at a conference at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art during the summer of 2019. Gannit gave the keynote talk. She also gave two public lectures on Frida Kahlo and Religion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Tory Fair
Tory had a busy summer. She had a solo show, "Portable Window," at Drive-By Projects in Watertown. This show was reviewed in the Boston Globe. Tory was in a group show at the Distillery Gallery called "You Must Not Stand In One Place" in Boston. She also gave a VoCA talk with curator Jen Mergel that was hosted by the BCA in Boston in June. Watch the talk.  Lastly, Tory was interviewed about her show over the summer at Drive-By Projects in Watertown. Interview published in the Boston Art Review.
Muna Guvenc
An article by Professor Muna Guvenc, entitled “Propositions for the Emancipatory Potential of Urban Spectacle,” was published in City (volume 23, 2019, pages 342-365), one of the top peer-reviewed journals in the area of urban studies.
Susan Lichtman
Susan Lichtman had a group show, "By Heart: Lichtman, Pierce and Saniga," at the Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, NY, NY. The show was up from July 23-August 24th and Susan gave a panel discussion on August 24rd. Susan was also part of a group show, "Observation & Imagination," at the Marshall Gallery, Missouri Valley College, Marshal, MO. The exhibition is on view from August 26-October 19. Lastly, Susan's work is in a traveling group show called "My Studio," which is currently at Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, AL from August 15- October 25. Both "Observation & Imagination" and "My Studio" have accompanying catalogs.
Nancy Scott
Nancy Scott completed her three- month residence as Tyson Scholar, at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Northwest Arkansas during the summer 2019. Scott worked on the project entitled "Georgia O'Keeffe, Education and the Art of Philanthropy," which has generated two articles in process.
Sheida Soleimani
Sheida Soleimani was in a group show at the Distillery Gallery called "You Must Not Stand In One Place" in Boston.
Jonathon Unglaub
Jonathan Unglaub was commissioned to write a catalogue essay for a major upcoming loan exhibition, Poussin and the Dance, to be held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and the National Gallery, London, in 2021. His article "Antonio Bruni, Guido Reni, and a Poetics of Response," came out in volume of essays to honor Professor David Freedberg of Columbia University (Tributes to David Freedberg: Image and Insight, ed. Claudia Swan, Brepols, 2019).
Aida Yuen Wong
A Chinese translation of Aida Yuen Wong's Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China has been published by Rock Publishing (2019), a leading press for art scholarship in Asia. The release of the book was announced in two consecutive issues of Art & Collection (Diancang) magazine (July and August 2019).