Monthly Archives: February 2015

Avery Welcomes Teri Harris, New Curator of Classics Collection

Harris_photoI am delighted to announce the appointment of Teresa Harris as the Curator of Avery Classics. A long-time reader in Avery Classics, Teri is well acquainted with our outstanding collection and with the worldwide community of scholars who work here throughout the year. Her substantial knowledge of architectural history and special collections will guide her leadership of the Avery Classics collection and services.

Teri received her Ph.D. from the department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University in February of 2012. Her dissertation entitled, “The German Garden City Movement: Architecture, Politics and Urban Transformation, 1902-1931,” investigated the intellectual history and built work of the German Garden City Movement.  Her research interests include twentieth-century architecture and urban planning, with an emphasis on the intersection of social and aesthetic reform. She received her M.A. in Art History from Columbia in 2003 and her B.A. in Art History from Williams College in 1998.

Prior to joining Avery staff, she served as the project coordinator for the “Marcel Breuer Digital Archive,” Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries. This National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project unites geographically dispersed collections relating to the career of the modernist architect into a single digital repository. She is currently writing an essay on the Garden City of the Future and the evolution of Breuer’s sculptural concrete aesthetic for an upcoming edited volume on Breuer.

We are thrilled to name Teri to this position and look forward to many fruitful collaborations with the faculty and students of the Department of Art History & Archaeology.
I hope you will stop by Avery Classics some day soon to congratulate Teri on her appointment and welcome Teri back to the Columbia community!
–Carole Ann Fabian, Director

Object-Centered Learning Symposium


Experiencing the Authentic in a Digital Age

Symposium sponsored by Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University Libraries

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Butler Library, Room 523
Columbia University
535 W. 114th St., New York, NY

Please join us for an engaging discussion of how close interactions with art works and cultural artifacts enhance classroom teaching across the disciplines, where digital presentation is often the norm. If you are in town for College Art Association’s annual conference in New York City, be sure to stay a few days longer and attend this free symposium, open to the public at Columbia University.

Speakers include:

Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
The Object in the Gallery: Teachable Moments in and along the Way

Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties
Avery Library, Columbia University
Buddhas, Bronzes, Ceramics, and a Cradleboard: Columbia’s Art Collections in the Classroom

Senta German, Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
Teaching and Learning at the First University Museum: The University Engagement Programme of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford

Michele D. Marincola, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation
Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, New York University
Partnering with Conservators for Object-Based Study and Learning

Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam
Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
What Do Objects Want?


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