Iconoclasm raises contentious questions that transcend cultural and temporal boundaries. It can be understood as vandalism, destruction, or a means of repression, all of which fundamentally put culture at risk.

However, iconoclasm can also be a form of protest or a vehicle for creative expression. Iconoclasm is transformative, creating entirely new objects or meanings through alterations to existing artworks. Charged with symbolism, these remains testify to a history of reception, offering clues about the life and afterlife of an object. To a certain extent, all radical changes in cultural production can be described as iconoclastic.

Applicants are encouraged to adopt a broad approach to the theme by addressing topics such as religious and political iconoclasm, protection of cultural heritage, use of spolia, damnatio memoriae, street art, graffiti, performance art, or activism.

Getty Scholars

Alka Patel (Consortium Scholar) is Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on South Asian architecture and Islamic architecture.
India, Iran and Empire: The Shansabānīs of Ghūr, c. 1150–1215

Zoë Strother is Professor of African Art at Columbia University, New York. She specializes in African Art History.
Iconoclasms in Africa

Michael Diers is Professor of Art History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. His research centers on modern and contemporary art, photography, visual arts, and film.
Symbolic Threats: Art, Dissent and the Aesthetic of Provocation

Dario Gamboni is Professor of History of Art at Université de Genève, Switzerland. His research concerns modern and contemporary art.
Modernism, Aniconism, and Religion

Richard Wrigley is Professor of History of Art at University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. His research focuses on the history of French visual culture.
Iconoclasm's Aftermath: Traces and Vestiges of the French Revolution in the Architectural Fabric, Monuments and Visual Culture of Early Nineteenth-Century Paris

Lisa Sousa is Professor of History and Chair in Latin American Studies at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. Her research focuses on Pre-Columbian and Colonial Mexican History.
"So That the Indians Would Forget Their Superstitions": The Desecration of Sacred Sites and Objects in Colonial Mexico

Tatiana Flores is Associate Professor of History of Art at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Her research centers on Latin American and contemporary art.
Art and Visual Culture under Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution

Patrick Michel is Professor of History of Art at Université Lille 3 - Charles de Gaulle, France. His research focuses on investigating iconoclasm in modern art.
The (Fatal) Effects of Prudery on Art in France in the XVII and XVIII Centuries: An Episode of the Difficult Relations Between Art and Iconoclasm

Faya Causey (Villa) is the former Head of Academic Programs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Her research focuses on the destruction and afterlife of certain magical, talismanic, or apotropaic Greek and early Roman sculptures.
The Afterlife of Antiquity into the Contemporary Period

Predoctoral Fellows

Patricia Yu is a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Translating the Yuanming Yuan from Past to Present

Niels Henriksen is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Archaeology Department at Princeton University, New Jersey.
Asger Jorn and the Scandinavian Institute for Comparative Vandalism

Postdoctoral Fellows

Francesca Borgo received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Battle and Representation in the Cinquecento

Michelle Maydanchik is Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
From the Cobblestones to the Blogosphere: Spectacles of Iconoclasm in Putin's Russia

Jaya Remond is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany.
New Flowerings: Nature and the Business of Early Modern Picture-Making in Post-Iconoclasm Northern Europe

Guest Scholars

Josip Belamarić is Head of Cvito Fisković Centre at the Institute of Art History, Split, Croatia.
The Metamorphosis of the Diocletian's Palace into Medieval Town

Thomas Campbell is the ninth director of the Museum of Metropolitan Art (2009–2017). His research focuses on the changing environment in which museums are operating and the ways art and cultural heritage can be used to promote mutual understanding.
Museums and Audience Engagement in the Modern World

James Coleman (Artist in Residence) is an independent visual artist based in Dublin and Paris. Since the early 1970s, Coleman has been internationally renowned for his installations incorporating film, video, theater, and slide-projected images with recorded narration.
Art Project. Archives. Conservation.

Deborah Dorotinsky is Professor of Historiography of Art at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Coyoacán, Mexico.
Craft, Folk Art, Handcrafts or Artesanías? Directions of the Concept of Popular Arts in the 1960s

Hubertus Gassner is former Director of Hamburg Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany.
Edward James and Mexican Surrealism/Vandalism in the Russian Revolution, 1917–1930

Tim Murray is Professor of Archaeology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on building archaeological theory.
The Poverty of Archaeological Theory

Mauro Mussolin is an architectural and art historian from the Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy. His research focuses on material culture from the late medieval to modern era.
Ritual and Symbolic Vandalism in Late Medieval Italy

Karl Schlögel is Professor Emeritus of Eastern European History at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. He specializes in Russian and Soviet history.
Vandalism and Iconoclasm: The Case of 20th-Century Russia

Iván Szántó is Associate Professor at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.
Ottoman Art and Its Baroque Afterlife in Central Europe

Tian Wei (Artist in Residence) is a Chinese-born independent artist based in Beijing and Los Angeles. Influenced by Chinese calligraphy, his work grapples with finding common ground between an inherited sense of a rigorously defined line and the abstract idiom of the contemporary West. It constructs a bridge between things that appear to be polar opposites or complementary pairs (e.g., yin and yang), a concept deeply embedded in Chinese thinking.
Interpretation of "Iconoclasm and Vandalism"

Angela Vanhaelen is Professor of Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She specializes in 17th-century Dutch visual culture.
Reanimating the Graven Image in Early Modern Amsterdam

Henri Zerner is Professor Emeritus of Art History and Architecture at Harvard University. His research focuses on the French Renaissance and modern art.
Ingres's Virgil Reading the Aeneid, A Life Long Obsession

President's International Council Scholar

Peter Frankopan is Director of Classical and Byzantine Studies at the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He specializes in the history of the Byzantine Empire in the 11th century and the relations between Christianity and Islam.
Host Department: Office of the President

Getty Rothschild Fellow

Thomas Campbell is the ninth director of the Museum of Metropolitan Art (2009–2017). He is the second recipient of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship. His research focuses on the changing environment in which museums are operating and the ways art and cultural heritage can be used to promote mutual understanding.
Museums and Audience Engagement in the Modern World

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

Nadja Millner-Larsen is Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom.
Up Against the Real: Black Mask from Art to Action

Sara Ryu is Honorary Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Art of Making Again in Early Modern Mexico and Europe

Museum Guest Scholars

Joan Aruz is Curator in Charge Emerita, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Host Department: Antiquities

Linda Borean is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Udine, Italy.
Host Department: Paintings

John Falconer is Lead Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the British Library, United Kingdom.
Host Department: Photographs

Helen Jacobsen is Senior Curator of French Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection, London.
Host Department: Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Richard Leson is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Host Department: Manuscripts

Anne Maheux is an independent conservator and former Head Conservator of Prints, Drawings, Maps, and Manuscripts at the Library and Archives Canada, Ontario.
Host Department: Paper Conservation

Marc-André Paulin is Head of the Conservation Department at the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France.
Host Department: Decorative Arts Conservation

Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò is Professor at Università di Roma "Tor Vergata," Italy.
Host Department: Drawings

Norman Yoffee is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on the anthropology and history of ancient Mesopotamia.
Host Department: Director's Office

Graduate Consortium Seminar

2017-18 Consortium poster: Iconoclasm as Method

2017-2018 Scholar Year Poster: Iconoclasm and Vandalism

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