The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Art History, which supports research and teaching on topics in American, European, or nonwestern art of all media form 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 be working 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.
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 supports research and experimentation with emerging technologies, was awarded to Dr. Nicole Riesenberger. As a Graduate Assistant in Digital Art History, Dr. Riesenberger has worked in the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture at the University of Maryland to implement digital initiatives for art and museum education. In this role, she helped to develop and execute an interactive augmented reality application that improves experience and accessibility for visitors to the Riversdale House Museum.
During her fellowship, Dr. Riesenberger will work closely with the Phillips’s curatorial, education, and AV staff, as well as with UMD’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, to create augmented and virtual reality projects for the museum, with attention to evaluating impacts of new technologies on visitors. In the spring of 2017, Dr. Riesenberger will also teach a course on museum technology that will offer students hands-on experience building and creating content for ongoing digital engagement projects at the Phillips.