Research

Here, in the attached curriculum vitae, you can find out about my past and recent projects. One of my current research undertakings is a study of cast bronze icons from middle and late Byzantine times. This is part of a larger project, an examination of bronze icons made by various methods. The first section of this research, on the icons crafted in copper repoussé, was published as "Copper repoussé Icons of Middle and Later Byzantine Times," Deltion tes Christianikes Archaiologikes Hetaireias, Series 4, vol. 35 (2014), 361-374.

Another project recently completed is my discussion of the 1961 film, "Last Year at Marienbad," which was first presented at the College Art Association annual meeting in 1980. This piece, further developed and augmented by a filmography, was published as "L'Année dernière à Marienbad as Cubist Cinema," Studies in French Cinema vol. 14, no. 2 (summer 2014), 76-90. As a final touch, in the summer of that year, I visited the Nymphenburger Schloss, the palace where much of the film was shot.

My main research endeavor at this time is a large edited volume on the arts of the Byzantine world. Following my work on the Oxford Bibliographies Online, I was asked by Oxford University Press to edit the Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Art and Architecture. I have been able to recruit 46 scholars, from famous authors to new faculty, to write the various chapters. One part of the book will deal with overarching questions such as new approaches studying the perception of Byzantine architecture and art, or the construction of personal identity through garments and adornment. The second part will cover various art forms and media, from military architecture to secular manuscript illumination. There are also chapters on Byzantine art after the end of the empire, and the continuation of Byzantine elements in the arts of the 18th through the early 20th century. I will write the introduction and contribute a chapter on bronze icons, along with editing other authors' contributions. As I will retire at the end of April, I will have a lot more time for these research activities.

I am also involved in an exciting collaborative project entitled, "Dear Womanhouse, What Now?" I am contributing an installation entitled, "Inverse Dilemma," which will be placed next to the side porch entrance, expressing the stresses I felt as a professional working woman with two small children. I'm also doing a lot of the writing of press releases and explanatory material for the exhibition. It will open at the Art Kettle, 121 W. Main Street in Manchester, MI, on October 12. Stay tuned!

Curriculum Vitae