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NAME: Anna Tahinci, PhD
POSITION/TITLE: Affiliate Faculty, Art History, School of Art
OFFICE ADDRESS: 100 Fine Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4019
OFFICE TELEPHONE: 713-743-3001 (School of Art)
WORK EMAIL: atahinci@uh.edu
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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND/TRAINING

Ph.D. in Art History (1996-2002)


University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France. (Dissertation on The Collectors of Rodin's sculptures in his lifetime, advisor: Professor Mady Ménier).

Special degree in Museum Studies (1996-1997)


École du Louvre, Paris, France. (Final year essay on Georges Grappe, curator of the Musée Rodin, advisor: Professor Chantal Georgel).


Master's degree (D.E.A.) in Art History (1995-1996)


University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France. (Final year essay on The Collectors of Rodin's sculptures in his lifetime, advisor: Professor Mady Ménier).


Master's degree (D.E.A.) in Comparative Literature (1995-1996)


University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Paris, France. (Final year essay on The myth of Phaedra and Hippolytus in literature and the arts, advisor: Professor Pierre Brunel).

BA (Maîtrise) in Art History (1994-1995)


University of Paris X-Nanterre, Nanterre, France. (Final year essay on Rodin's male portraiture, advisor: Professor Nicole Barbier)

BA (Maîtrise) in Comparative Literature (1993-1994)

University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Paris, France. (Final year essay on A comparative study of Medea: Euripides, Seneca, Corneille, Anouilh, advisor: Professor Pierre Brunel).



Licence in Art History (1993-1994)


University of Paris X-Nanterre, Nanterre, France.

Licence in French Literature (1989-1992)


University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Paris, France, in conjunction with the Institut Français d’Athènes.

Master's degree in History and Archaeology (1989-1993)


University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Current (since August 2012)


University of Houston, Main Campus, Affiliate Faculty (Adjunct Professor of Art History).

August 2010-May 2012


Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Adjunct Professor of Art History, History of Sculpture, History of Furniture and French for Art and Design.

August 2011-December 2011


College of Visual Arts, Adjunct Professor of French for Art and Design.

January 2010-May 2010


Macalester College, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Adjunct Lecturer of adult Art History seminars.

September 2008-May 2010


University of Minnesota, Learning Abroad Center, SPAN (Student Project for Amity among Nations), Faculty advisor for Greece.

September 2007-September 2008


University of Minnesota, Department of Modern Greek Studies, Research Affiliate.

January 2005-May 2006


Paris, Boston University Paris. Adjunct Professor of Art History and French and Comparative Literature and Curator of the Boston University Center Art Gallery.
ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP/RESEARCH/CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

Dissertation


« Les collectionneurs de sculptures de Rodin de son vivant », Lille, Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses, 2002.

Exhibition catalogues

Essay “Rodin and his American collectors” and co-curator of the exhibition Rodin and America Influence and Adaptation, 1876-1936, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, October 2011-January 2012.

Essay « Time Suspended » in exhibition catalogue Michalis Manoussakis, Chania, Municipal Art Gallery, August 2011-October 2011.




Essay « Perishable Realities » and curator of the exhibition Freddy Munoz and Yvette Weijergang: Paintings, Drawings and Mixed Media, Minneapolis, Gallery13, October-November 2010.




Essay « The Mummy Paradox: Stories on Memory and Mortality » on the art project The Art of the Catacomb by Mark D Roberts and Denise Rouleau, Bloomington Art Center, December 2009-January 2010.




Essay « Time Suspended » on Greek artist Michalis Manoussakis, Athens, Gallery Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou, Fizz, November 2008.




Editor of the exhibition catalogue Six leading sculptors and the human figure: Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, Brancusi, Giacometti, Moore, Athens, National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum, June-September 2004 and author of the essay « Relations and correlations between six sculptors ».




Co-editor with Stephan Wolohojian of: La collection Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux, 2003, traveling exhibition in 2003-2004: Lyon, musée des Beaux-Arts ; London, National Gallery of Art ; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of entries on Rodin and Barye sculptures.




Co-editor, with Stephan Wolohojian of: A Private Passion 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003, traveling exhibition in 2003-2004: Lyon, musée des Beaux-Arts ; London, National Gallery of Art ; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of entries on Rodin and Barye sculptures.




Essay « Revue de presse » in the exhibition catalogue Rodin en 1900 L’exposition de l’Alma, Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux, 2001.




Articles


« Public Art as a Mirror: Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project » in Quodlibetica, Constellation 11, December 2010: http://www.quodlibetica.com/public-art-as-mirror-wing-young-huie%E2%80%99s-university-avenue-project/
« Les collectionneurs de Rodin et le troc : “vin, cognac et autres”, redingotes et bicyclettes » in Henry-Claude Cousseau, Christina Buley-Uribe, Véronique Mattiussi, Naissance de la modernité. Mélanges offerts à Jacques Vilain, Paris, éditions du Relief, 2009, p. 223-227.
« Fantasy, Fun, and Facts in Hollywood. A Behind-the-scenes Sculptor’s Story » in Sculpture Review, volume LVIII, number 3, Fall 2009.
« Beating the Bad Economy » in Sculpture Review, volume LVIII, number 1, Spring 2009.
« Removing the Fig Leaf: Today’s Nudity in the American Public’s Eye » in Sculpture Review, volume LVII, number 2, Summer 2008.
« Breaking the Tradition. Early Paris Avant-Gardes from Figure to Abstraction » in Sculpture Review, volume LV, number 3, Fall 2006.
« Something noble from the vile earth: the history of terracotta as an artistic medium » in Sculpture Review, volume LIII, number 2, Summer 2004.
« The Shape of Color: Picasso’s painted sculptures » in Sculpture Review, volume LII, number 3, Fall 2003.
« Private Passions, Public Spaces: Private Collectors and Sculpture Gardens » in Sculpture Review, volume LII, number 1, Spring 2003.
« Private Patronage: Rodin and his early British collectors », chapter on Rodin’s British collectors in The Zola of Sculpture, edited by Claudine Mitchell, Ashgate, 2004, p. 95-117.
« Maudit Modi: Modigliani’s sculpture » in Sculpture Review, volume L, number 2, Summer 2001, p. 16-21.
« Camille Claudel: From self-image to self-destruct » in Sculpture Review, volume XLIX, number 3, Fall 2000, p. 8-12.

Encyclopedia and dictionary entries


Entries on Marie Noël and Anna de Noailles for the Dictionnaire de Don Juan (edited by Professor Pierre Brunel), Paris, Robert Laffont, 1999.
Entries on 19th century French sculptors for the Encyclopedia of Sculpture, New York City, NY, Routledge, 2004.

Book Reviews


Natalia Agapiou, Endymion au carrefour: La fortune littéraire et artistique du mythe d’Endymion à l’aube de l’ère moderne, Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, 2004/2005, volumes 20/21, p. 411.
Cléopâtre Bourdelle-Sevastos, Ma vie avec Bourdelle, Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, 2006/2007, volumes 22/23.
Maria Gyparaki, Nikos Engonopoulos The drawing or the color Theatre scenery and costumes, Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, 2006/2007, volumes 22/23.
AWARDS

Winner of a George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award by the Art Libraries Society, as co-editor of the exhibition catalogue A Private Passion 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University. (The award honored "the finest book devoted to the arts published in North America during the year 2003.")


LECTURES AND CONFERENCES

February 2012 Constructing, Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Mediterranean in Contemporary Greek Art: Kostas Tsoklis, Jannis Kounellis, Dimitris Alithinos, College Art Association conference, Los Angeles.
February 2012 French Women Artists and Exhibiting the Feminine Side of a Permanent Collection: The “Elles” Exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (2009-2011), Macalester College, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Saint Paul.
January 2012 Rodin and his American collectors, Macalester College, Department of Art and Art History, Saint Paul.
January 2012 Athens-Paris and Bourdelle’s Greek Students, Paris-Athens conference, Benaki Museum, Athens.
November 2010 Dialogue with artists Freddy Munoz and Yvette Weijergang and Professor Aribert Munzner on Perishable Realities, Gallery 13, Minneapolis.
October 2010 Workshop on Yves Klein: Avant-Garde, Monochrome, Anthropométries, Alliance Française, Minneapolis.
September 2010 Dialogue with photographer Wing Young Huie, Locus Architecture, Minneapolis.
May 2010 Art History seminar on Paris in Literature and the Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.
April 2010 Art History seminar on Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and his collectors: from self-promotion to an international career, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mineapolis.
March 2010 Lecture on Bronzes and Bric-a-Brac: Sculptures in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.
January 2010 Lecture on Guillaume Apollinaire and the Visual Arts, Alliance Française, Minneapolis.
January 2010 Workshop on Camille Claudel: from self-image to self-destruct, Alliance Française, Minneapolis.
November 2009 Lecture on The Louvre and the Masterpiece: partnerships and perspectives for French Museums in the 21st century, Macalester College, Department of French and Francophone Studies.
October 2009 Contemporary Artists and the Mediterranean: Seascapes in the Expanded Field. The example of Costas Tsoclis, lecture given at the “Mediterranean and Its Seas” workshop at the University of Athens, Greece.
August 2009 Lecture on Théophile Gautier and the Visual Arts, Alliance Française, Minneapolis.
April 2009 Lecture on French Museums in the 21st century: challenges and perspectives, Macalester College, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Saint Paul.
April 2009 Workshop on Paris in literature and the arts, Alliance Française, Minneapolis.
March 2009 Lecture on Found Objects and Ready-mades from Auguste Rodin to Christian Boltanski, “Seismic Shifts” colloquium, University of Minnesota.

March 2009 Lecture on Bronzes and Bric-a-brac: Rodin’s collectors during his lifetime. Guest lecturer at “DHA 4162 -- History of Interiors and Furnishings 1750-present”, University of Minnesota, College of Design.

December 2008 Lecture on From self-image to self-destruct: Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin in perspective, Macalester College, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Saint Paul.
September 2008 Sailing the Artists’ Sea: The Mediterranean World in European and Modern Greek Art, lecture given at the “Mediterranean and Its Seas” workshop at the University of Minnesota.
December 2006 Rodin’s One-Man-Show in 1900: from self-promotion to an international career, lecture on Rodin’s 1900 exhibition given at the “Rodin: Further Directions in Research” symposium at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
July 2005 Lecture on Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, Center for Culture of Dinan, Brittany, France.
January 2003 Cycle of lectures on 19th century French sculpture, Drouot Formation, Paris.
October 2002 Private passions, public pursuance: Rodin and his American collectors, lecture on Rodin’s American collectors given at the symposium New Rodin Studies at Stanford university, California. Published in the Cantor Arts Center Journal, volume three, 2002-2003, p. 219-225.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

19th and 20th century Art History; History of Sculpture; History of Furniture; French Literature and Culture; Women Artists; Collectors and History of Taste; Comparative Literature and Ancient Greek Mythology; Paris in Literature and the Arts; Museum Studies; French Museums and Globalization; Mediterranean Art; Contemporary Greek Art; Public Art.




COURSES TAUGHT

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Department of Liberal Arts, Spring 2012


AH1702: Introduction to Art and Design II

College of Visual Arts, Department of Liberal Arts, Fall 2011


HU 202 A and HU202 B: Introduction to French Language and Culture (two sections)

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Department of Liberal Arts, Fall 2011

AH 3412: History of Furniture Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Department of Liberal Arts, Spring 2011


AH1702: Introduction to Art and Design II

HS3448: French for Art and Design



Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Department of Liberal Arts, Fall 2010


AH1701: Introduction to Art and Design I

AH3568: History of Sculpture



Macalester College, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Spring 2010


FR203: Intermediate French.

Alliance Française, Minneapolis, Fall 2009


“The Louvre and the Masterpiece”: Course on the Louvre-Atlanta French-American collaborative project, the exhibition “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the challenges and perspectives of French Museums in the 21st century.

University of Minnesota, Learning Abroad Center, Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN), Fall 2008-Spring 2010


SPAN, Greece: Course on Modern Greece, its history, literature, art and culture.

Boston University Paris Internship Program, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Summer 2006


AH356: French Art and Architecture. Contemporary art and recent architecture in Paris.

LF343: France in Paris. Paris in Literature and the Arts.



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