Color: 2012/2013

Color is an essential component of artistic production and therefore should be fundamental to art historical analysis. The topic of color can be explored from various angles, giving insight into the aesthetics, symbolism, psychology, technology, materiality, conservation, and production of works of art. The Getty Research Institute invites proposals for the scholar year that address the artistic use of color from ancient to contemporary times in any culture. Proposals focused on the Research Institute's collections will be given particular consideration.

In addition to the theme of color, we also welcome applications from scholars engaged in research projects on classical and ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology, the reception of antiquity, and other topics pertaining to the collections, resources, and programs of the Getty Villa.

GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships

The 2012/2013 Scholars Program of the Getty Research Institute offers two new Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Eligible candidates for the ten-month residential GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications and eligibility guidelines for the GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships are available at:

Getty Scholars

Fred C. Albertson (Villa) is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, Tennessee. He is a scholar of classical art and archaeology.
Palmyrene Sculpture in North American Museums

Kaira Marie Cabañas is Lecturer and Director of MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on Europe and the Americas.
Expressive Restraint: Geometric Abstraction and the History of Madness in Brazil

Matthew P. Canepa (Villa) is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Iran and the Mediterranean.
Royal Glory, Divine Fortune: Contesting the Global Idea of Iranian Kingship in the Hellenized and Iranian Near East, Central and South Asia (330 BCE–642 CE)

Stefano Cracolici is Reader in the Department of Italian, School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University, England. His research centers on the Italian Renaissance.
Medusean Colors

Ulrike Heinrichs is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art, Music, and Textiles at the Universität Paderborn, Germany. Her research concerns medieval and early modern art in France, Germany, and the Netherlands, with particular interests in sculpture (ca. 1200–1500), painting and the graphic arts, the history of seeing, the visual arts and the history of knowledge, and art and its use in religion and education.
Theoretical Knowledge and Pictorial Experience in Color in Late Medieval Painting

Dunja Hersak is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She is a scholar of African art and visual culture.
Sensing Color: Explorations into African Expressive Culture

Andrew James Hopkins is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy. He is a scholar of the history and historiography of Renaissance and Baroque architecture in Italy.
Color in Venetian Baroque Architecture 1650–1750

Gordon Alan Hughes is Mellon Assistant Professor of Art History at Rice University, Houston, Texas. His research centers on early 20th-century French painting.
Seeing Red: Abstraction, Murder, Machines

Éva Kocziszky (Villa) is Professor of German Literature in the Department of German at the University of West Hungary, Szombathely, Hungary. Her research concentrates on Neoclassicism, German poetry, the history of classical scholarship, and the reception of antiquity.
"White" Antiquity: Literary and Aesthetic Representations of Ancient Relics in the 20th Century

Ann-Sophie Lehmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands. She specializes in emerging media culture and the study of materials and tools of image production in old and new media.
Coloring Life, Crafting Images: Early Hand-Colored Photographs in Japan and the West

Jennifer Lynn Peterson is Assistant Professor in the Film Studies Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on early cinema and experimental cinema, and cinema aesthetics.
Mass Culture and Visual Music: Color in Cinema from Early Nonfiction to Non-Objective Film

M. Michela Sassi (Villa) is Associate Professor of History of Ancient Philosophy at the Università di Pisa. Her research concerns the history of Greek philosophy and science.
Theory and Practice of Colors in Ancient Greece

Vanessa R. Schwartz is Professor of History, Art History, and Film at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is a scholar of photojournalism and the history of photography.
The News in Black and White—and Color: The Press and Color Photography

Francesco Tiradritti (Villa) is Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the Kore University of Enna. His research focuses on ancient Egypt.
Color in Ancient Egypt: An Anthropological and Semantic Study

Konstantinos L. Zachos (Villa) is President of the Scientific Committee of Nicopolis at the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism. His research concerns Aegean prehistory and Greek and Roman archaeology.
The Colors of Victory: The Monument of Augustus at Nicopolis, Greece. A Study of Painted and Stuccowork Decorations

Mantha Zarmakoupi (Villa) is Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in the Archäologisches Institut at the Universität zu Köln, Germany. She specializes in classical art and archaeology.
The Idea of Landscape in Roman Luxury Villas

Predoctoral Fellows

Tiziana D'Angelo (Villa) is a PhD candidate in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Travelling Colors: Artistic Models and Cultural Transfers in South Italian Funerary Wall Painting (IV–II BCE)

Cindy Kang is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
Wallflowers: Tapestry and the Nabis in the Fin-de-siècle France

Valérie Kobi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Museology at the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Colorful Art History: Insertion of Color in the Engraved Art Books of Eighteenth Century France

Sophia Ronan Rochmes is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Color's Absence: Medium and Materiality in Burgundian Grisaille Manuscripts

Alla Genrikhovna Vronskaya is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
From the Easel to the Wall: House-Painting in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1925–1939

Marie Yasunaga is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and Culture at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Color Theories in Museum Spaces: Installation Experiments by Karl Ernst Osthaus and Karl With. From German Kunstgewerbe-Reformbewegung through Symbolism and Expressionism to the Era of the White Cube

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jennifer Josten is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on Latin America.
Mathias Goeritz's Arquitectura Emocional: Shades of the New Monumentality in Midcentury Mexico

David S. Mather received his doctorate from the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. His research concerns early 20th-century European art.
"The Wild Joy of Color": Boccioni and the European Avant-Garde

Noa Turel received her doctorate from the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Living Color: The Animation Paradigm of Pictorial Realism 1350–1550

Guest Scholars

Philipp Blom is an independent scholar, writer (history and fiction), journalist, lecturer, and broadcaster based in Vienna, Austria. He is a scholar of philosophy, intellectual history, and art history.
War of Dreams—A Cultural History of the West, 1918–1938

Lothar von Falkenhausen (Consortium Scholar) is Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research concerns the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age, focusing on large interdisciplinary and historical issues in which archaeological materials can provide significant new information.
The Quest for Color in Ancient China

Wulf Herzogenrath is former Director of the Kunsthalle Bremen and now is an independent scholar based in Berlin, Germany.
John Cage, Galka Scheyer, Nam June Paik, California

W.J.T. Mitchell is Gaylord Donnelly Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, Illinois. His research explores the history and theory of media, visual art, and literature from the 18th century to the present.
Seeing Madness: The Color of the Passions

Wolfram Pichler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Painting and Makeup in Goya's Work

Feng Shi is Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China. His research focuses on Chinese paleography and archaeoastronomy, the history of science and technology, and the study of historical literature.
A Study on the Origin of the Theory of the Relation between Colors and Directions in China

Vera Siqueira is Professor of Art History at the Art Institute at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Brazilian art, relationships between art and cultural institutions, and the problem of the modern tradition in Brazil.
"Local Color": The Cultural Problem of Color in Brazilian Visuality

Gudrun Swoboda is Curator of Italian, Spanish, and French Baroque paintings at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria.
Color and the Expression of Passion in Roman 17th and 18th Century Painting

Richard Tuttle (Artist in Residence) is an American artist based in New Mexico and New York.
Researching Research

Roger Wilson (Villa) is Professor of Archaeology of the Roman Empire in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is a scholar of the archaeology of Roman Sicily, the archaeology and history of the Western Greeks, Roman art and architecture, and the Roman Empire in the West, including Great Britain.
Luxury Living in Late Roman Sicily: the Villa of Piazza Armerina and its Context

Miao Zhe is Professor and Director of the Art and Archaeology Research Center, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. His research focuses on early Chinese art history.
Cosmological Colors and Artistic Colors: The Conception of Colors in Han Dynasty

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

Jinah Kim is Assistant Professor of South Asian Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge.
Visions and the Visual: Color in Esoteric Buddhist Visual Practices in Medieval South Asia

Jennifer M. S. Stager (Villa) received her PhD from the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Embodiment of Color in Ancient Mediterranean Art

Volkswagen Foundation Fellow

Jan von Brevern is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Kunsthistorisches Institut at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He specializes in the history of photography.
Color into Gray: An Alternative History of Early Black and White Photography

Museum Guest Scholars

Ronni Baer is William and Ann Elfers Senior Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Host department: Paintings

Maureen Cassidy-Geiger is an independent scholar and decorative arts specialist based in New York.
Host department: Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Brigid Globensky is Senior Director of Education and Public Programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin.
Host department: Education

Peter Kidd is an independent scholar based in London, England.
Host department: Manuscripts

William W. Robinson is Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings in the Division of European and American Art at Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Host department: Drawings

Sara Stevenson is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Host department: Photographs

Diane Wolfthal (Villa) is David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities in the Department of Art History at Rice University, Houston.
Host department: Associate Director of Collections

Graduate Consortium Seminar

Graduate Consortium

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