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University of Maryland & The Phillips Collection Announce 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows

May 5, 2016
Contacts: 

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

Fellowships allow recipients to work with The Phillips’s modern and contemporary art collection and UMD's art history and virtual technologies leadership programs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. & WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection have announced two postdoctoral fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. The fellowships will allow the recipients to work with The Phillips’s exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art and the university’s leadership programs in art historical scholarship, interdisciplinary experimentation, and virtual technologies.

The fellowships are a major component of the University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection’s vibrant partnership to transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. During the academic year, both fellows are expected to be in residence in Washington, D.C., at the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection. Each fellow will teach one undergraduate or graduate course at the Center or at the University of Maryland, present at least one public lecture, and participate in other programs and discussions with scholars, critics, museum staff, and students at the museum and the university. 

The Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History, which will support research and teaching on topics in American, European, or non-western art of all media from 1780 to the present, was awarded to Dr. Max Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. A scholar of postwar German art, he will work on two separate publications based on his dissertation, “Transforming Documenta: Art, Legitimacy and Modernity in Postwar West Germany,” which he successfully defended in 2015. The first publication will be a peer-reviewed article on the critical and artistic climate of postwar West Germany for an Art History or German Studies journal; the second, a book that will expand his research on the Swiss curator Harald Szeemann and his transformative fifth Documenta exhibition in 1972.

During his fellowship, Dr. Rosenberg plans to teach an advanced seminar that would evaluate abstract painting after World War II in different national or cultural contexts.

The Fellowship in Virtual Culture, which will research emerging forms of virtual culture and the advancement of technology to enhance and enrich the museum visitor's experience, was awarded to Nicole Riesenberger. She is expected to defend her dissertation in May 2016. As a Graduate Assistant in Digital Art History, Ms. Riesenberger has worked at the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture at the University of Maryland on researching emerging forms of virtual culture and designed digital initiatives. She also developed digital media for an interactive augmented reality application that improves experience and accessibility for museum visitors at the Riversdale House Museum.

During her fellowship, Ms. Riesenberger will work closely with Phillips’s curatorial, education, and AV staff as well as with the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies to create a pilot virtual reality project with attention to measurable outcomes.

For more information on the postdoctoral fellowship program, visit http://www.phillipscollection.org/learn/center-for-art-and-knowledge/pos...