Professor Steven Mansbach named Interim Chair, Associate Professor Jordana Moore Saggese will serve as Associate Chair

Steven Mansbach, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Twentieth-Century Art History, has been named by Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill of the College of Arts and Humanities as Interim Chair of the Department following the retirement of Professor Meredith Gill. Professor Mansbach, who has been a member of the Department Faculty since 2001 and served as Interim Chair from 2003 to 2005, assumed his responsibilities on July 1. In his years in the Department and at the University of Maryland, Professor Mansbach has stimulated extensive interest in the study of Central and Eastern European Modernism, especially in the number of students who have studied under him (see Faculty Spotlight 2014). Professor Mansbach also boasts extensive administrative academic experience, including nearly a decade as Associate Dean at The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and as the founding Dean and Director of the American Academy in Berlin.

Jordana Moore Saggese, Associate Professor in the Department, is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, particularly art centered on blackness. In particular, Professor Saggese is a noted specialist on Jean-Michel Basquiat, on whose work and life she has spoken widely and has authored two books (here is a quick TedEd lesson on the artist created by Dr. Saggese). For the past two years she has served as Editor-in-Chief of College Art Association's Art Journal, where her focus for the publication has been to consider the "global to signal an interconnected conversation between Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, South America, the Pacific—rather than a series of isolated references to an 'other'. " (CAANews interview) Professor Saggese doubtless will draw on her administrative experience at the Art Journal and as Chair in her previous department at the California College of the Arts as she assumes the role of Associate Chair in the Department to work with Professor Mansbach in guiding the Department through circumstances (pandemic and associated economic and structural disruptions) that are extraordinary.