The crumbling Corcoran Gallery of Art has has recently transferred 6430 major works to the National Gallery of Art. The agreement between two of Washington D.C.’s major art institutions includes the transfer of pieces, as well as giving the NGA responsibility to liquidate the inventory it chooses not to absorb.

The Corcoran Gallery had faced increasing financial difficulty as its parent institution the Corcoran College of Art & Design also floundered in the sector-wide dry up following the recession. The Washington Post outlined an earlier attempt to remedy financial woes by relocating in 2012.

Fellow Mason Art Historians!

The semester is racing along, and we know you’re probably knee deep in research. Pull you nose out of those books for two noteworthy items! Another fantastic faculty member of GMU will be sharing her extensive knowledge on the big stage. Professor Van Horn will be presenting a lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum symposium entitled The Art and Memory of Mourning. Come by Friday November 14, at 1:15pm for Professor Van Horn’s lecture, and stay for the other interesting talks! Visit the symposium webpage for more info.
If you would like to share any upcoming talks or lectures please feel free to post a comment or visit our Facebook page.

The second great escape you can enjoy involves a bit of Photoshop and a lot of flannel. This…inventive display of the digital humanities pokes fun at two things we love to hate: hipsters and, and oh yeah, hipsters. Classical sculpture never looked so, “you know”.Hipster

BEFORE READING FURTHER… please take the time to fill out our handy dandy AHGA surveyWe want to know more about your Art Historical interests, as well as your goals for our group.

Between classes and frantic trips to meet the dynamite AH reference librarian Jenna Rinalducci at Fenwick, take the time to visit some of your favorite D.C. museums! Check out this link to the SI events calendar for a full view.
While you are at it, why not find a great internship opportunity? The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships is holding a workshop aimed at helping you find that perfect resume builder! The event will take place on Mason’s campus October 17th, but pre-registration is mandatory. Learn all about this workshop event.

Boredom Buster:
Looking to occupy some time between classes? Check out our new favorite morsel shared by Linel Isel Soto on our AHGA Facebook page. While you’re there don’t forget to sign up!

REMEMBER this coming Monday (Oct 6.) we will be meeting at Brion’s Grill at 7:30pm for an informal Happy Hour!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @GMUAHGA

The beginning of a semester always brings new promise, anticipation, and hopefully excitement! In the coming weeks we will be looking at upcoming events in the D.C. Metro, and some fresh content from the interwebs. Share your thoughts, topics of interest, and more! We are looking forward to a great term with Gallery Events, Get Togethers, and a more than a little fun.

– For those members who are looking to step into the wild world of work, check out this great article from blogger, Karen Kelsky.

– Looking to fill those empty minutes between classes? Visit, and watch this engaging lecture on the aspects of Post-Modern decoration. Sound smarter in minutes!

– Save the date for the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) conference on Digital Art History. This event will take place on Friday November 21, 2014.  Location: West Lecture Hall. Details & Time: TBD

George Mason University had a visible and engaged presence at the 128th American Historical Society Annual Meeting, which was held in Washington, D.C. on January 2-5, 2014. This year’s theme was “Disagreement, Debate, Discussion.”  

During Thursday morning’s event entitled “How to Get Started with Digital History,” Professor Sharon Leon, Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and one of eighteen representatives from GMU, led sessions related to project management. Other presenters included Jennifer Serventi of the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities and “Tenured Radical” blogger Claire Potter.  

One subject of debate was the continuing discussion regarding whether the practice of presenters reading from a paper was still appropriate and useful. Some attendees preferred a presentation format which encourages audience involvement. More than ten years after GMU’s Roy Rosenzweig advocated for more audience engagement, conversation among organizers and attendees was still ongoing at the 2014 meeting. 

In keeping with the organization’s commitment to the digital world, the AHA provided a meeting app. Participants used the app to find their way around the large conference, which was spread out on multiple floors and three hotels, find out about exhibitors, plan their schedules, and get information about the local area. 

Serving the AHA through my temporary position as Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) Assistant/Hourly Worker Supervisor gave me the opportunity to enjoy the meeting from the perspective of one involved.  LAC workers were out on the front lines, keeping the signage updated, interacting with participants, and making sure the sessions ran as smoothly as possible. Many thanks to Benjamin Hurwitz, Zayna Bizri, Daniel Curry, Jacqueline Beatty, Timothy Bisulca, and Steven Harris-Scott for helping make the meeting a success.

Missed the meeting? The blog AHA Today has in-depth coverage of the event, such as the Presidential Address delivered on Friday night by outgoing AHA President Kenneth Pomerantz.

Should you want to be involved in the 129th Annual Meeting, it will be held in New York City, January 2 – 5, 2015. The call for proposals is up on the AHA website. Deadline is February 15, 2014, so get involved quickly! Details are posted on the AHA website.


  • Blyth McManus, 1/7/14

Greta Kuriger Suiter blogs about GMU Art History Professor Michele Greet’s website Transatlantic Encounters.

Greta Kuriger Suiter

Assignment: Examine in detail at least two public history websites, e.g., The March on Milwaukee, at least one of which is from a museum or archive. If you need suggestions, let me know. Add the sites you reviewed, with a few sentences of commentary, to the class Zotero library.

The first public history website I’d like to look at in detail is “Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars” by Dr. Michele Greet, Associate Professor of Art History at George Mason University. The site has a clear argument and subject – Which Latin American artists were exhibiting in Paris in the time between World War I and World War II and how were they influenced by the art scene in Paris at the time. The subject is ripe for digital investigation since a visual representation of the artists work and the location of the galleries…

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