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Dr. Paula Lupkin presented her paper on skyscrapers, information networks, and “distribution design” at the Chicago Design Conference in November. This presentation was based on the research she did at the Smithsonian with the small grant she received in summer 2017. Dr. Lupkin was invited along with an international group of scholars to present at this ground-breaking conference to open a dialogue on the city’s design culture. Visit for more info.

Dr. Lupkin also published her article, “The Wainwright Building: Monument of St. Louis’s Lager Landscape,” in the fall 2018 issue of Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.


Dr. Lisa Owen was invited to present her research at the “TRACE: Artisanal Intelligence, Material Agency, and Ritual Technology in South Asian Art Symposium” at Harvard University on Dec. 8. This symposium brings together scholars whose research embraces methodological interventions and theoretical implications of art history’s material turn in the field of South Asian art and architecture, mostly focusing on the period between 500 CE and 1500CE.  Thematically organized, papers demonstrate how attending to thingness and the process of making helps reveal hitherto invisible connections across time and space.  Going beyond the rubric of material agency, papers also explore the importance of considering somatic intelligence and ritual technology that developed to activate power and sacrality of objects and buildings in Indic religious contexts. Further consideration of ritual knowledge helps situate the trace of time left in matter through artistic mediations in historical and experiential contexts.


Dr. Nada Shabout is the organizer of the Talks program at Abu Dhabi Art this year exploring Global Circulation of Art and The New Markets. Abu Dhabi Art expands beyond the notion of a traditional art fair, in placing strong emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme, including art installations and exhibitions, talks and events that take place in different locations throughout the year. The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art event in November 2018, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site specific works by their artists to an audience of over 20,000 visitors.


Dr. Lauren Cross gave an artist’s talk at the Dallas Museum of Art on December 19 at 12:15 pm. This is part of her role at C3 Visiting Artist at the museum. Through the C3 Visiting Artist Project, the Center for Creative Connections invites artists from a variety of disciplines to participate in the development and facilitation of educational programs and spaces at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Dr. Cross is also one of four artists selected as the inaugural cadre of Carter Community Artists at the Amon Carter Museum supported in part by grants from the Arts Council of Fort Worth and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. This new program is “dedicated to working with and supporting local artists with the goal to create opportunities for the North Texas community to connect with the museum’s renowned collection and artists in the region. Each year, the Amon Carter will select four local artists to assist with planning and leading programs on-site, off-site, and digitally. Now through September 2019, the museum will be working with artists Christopher Blay, Lauren Cross, Diane Durant, and Arnoldo Hurtado as part of the inaugural year for this new initiative.” For more information, visit 


Apollinaria Nemkova

Apollinaria Nemkova, penned an article in Exhibition, a peer-reviewed journal of exhibition theory and practice, published by the American Alliance of Museums. The issue of Fall 2018, titled Interactivity, showcases exemplars from a variety of museums. While others describe interactivity in science, nature, and history museums — Nemkova portrays a “user friendly” art museum, drawing on her experience as a director at the museum of contemporary art in St. Petersburg, Russia.