eBook / Not About Face: Identity and Representation, Past and Present

This eBook, the Zimmerli’s first online publication, is a key component of an ambitious new collaboration between the Zimmerli Art Museum and the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Capitalizing on the strengths of the Zimmerli and the Department of Art History, this initiative is centered on the firsthand study of works of art in the museum’s collection and embraces two multifaceted projects. Each project, in turn, has two phases. The first phase focuses on the academic community and includes a graduate exhibition seminar, an eBook written by participating graduate students, and a colloquium for student papers and dialogue with faculty from the arts and sciences. The second phase of each project is designed to benefit both the academic community and the wider public and features a major exhibition, a publication, and interdisciplinary symposium. The Mellon Foundation’s award also supports annual summer internships for ten graduate students from the Department of Art History over a five-year period. We are most grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this dynamic model for collaboration.

Not About Face: Identity and Representation, Past and Present showcases the work of the thirteen graduate students who participated in a graduate exhibition seminar on the subject of the portrait co taught by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator and Susan Sidlauskas, Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Art History, in 2012. The seminar stretched the boundaries of the traditional portrait through interdisciplinary readings and discussions with artists, conservators and framers, and invited guests from the fields of art history, engineering, medicine, and photography. The students who took on the challenge of writing concise descriptions of the works in the Zimmerli’s collection are: Corina L. Apostol, Sara Berkowitz, Kelsey Brosnan, Heather Cammarata-Seale, Boyoung Chang, Allison Cooper, Seraphina Ferraro, Natalie Fleming, Elvis Fuentes, Virginia Allison Harbin, Alexis Jason-Mathews, Stephen Mandravelis, and Josephine Rodgers.