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  • Art
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Expertise

  • French 18th & 19th c. Art History and Culture
  • Relationship between French Art and Religion/National Identity/Politics/Gender/Pop Culture
  • European and American Art History
  • European and American art culture and critical theory 18th c.-present
  • World War I�s impact on European and American art and culture (especially religious art/academic art/inspirational art and propaganda/memorials and commemorations)
  • Joan of Arc: Her life and times and her afterlife in European and American Art/literature/music/popular culture/religion/political symbolism/rhetoric.
  • Languages

  • French, German
  • Exhibits Curated:

    Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C., �Joan of Arc� (open November 2006-January 2007).Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, Conn., �Joan of Arc: From Medieval Maiden to Modern Saint� (open May-September 2007). Chapin Library, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., �Aesop�s Animals and Other Moral Beasts� (open May-July 1985).May Gallery, John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, The Catholic University of America, �To Believe: The Spirited Art of Corita� (open October-December 2012).Salve Regina Gallery, The Catholic University of America, �Reza Ghanad� (open October-December 2011).Salve Regina Gallery, The Catholic University of America, �Crafting a Legacy: A Half Century of Art at CUA� (open October 2010).

    In the Media


    • Spinner or Saint: Context and Meaning in Gauguin�s First Fresco

      published in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century, Volume 11, Issue 2. This article investigates the question (still unresolved in the scholarship) as to whether or not Paul Gaugin portrayed Joan of Arc in his first extant mural Breton Girl Spinning (Jeanne d�Arc), 1889]. This mural remained publicly unknown until 1924; it is now in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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