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Art History

Natasha Goldman

Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer in Art History

Contact Information

205 Boody-Johnson House

Fall 2013

  • Art and the Public Sphere (ARTH 026)


Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Goldman's research and teaching concentrate on modern and contemporary art, critical theory and public art, specifically examining post-Holocaust aesthetics and Holocaust memorials. Her contribution to Beyond Berlin: German Cities Confront the Past, an interdisciplinary anthology edited by Paul Jaskot and Gavriel Rosenfeld, is entitled “Marking Absence: Remembrance and Hamburg’s Holocaust Memorials” (University of Michigan Press, 2009).  “Israeli Holocaust Memorial Strategies at Yad Vashem: from Silence to Recognition” was published in Art Journal, Summer 2006.  She has presented her research at the College Art Association, the Association of Jewish Studies, the German Studies Association and numerous other venues. In addition to the Art History Survey courses, her specialized courses include such topics as Art and the Street; Contemporary Art and Theory; Theory and Practice of Mexican Muralism; Art and the Public Sphere; Early Twentieth-Century Art; and Art Since 1945.  She currently is preparing her manuscript, Visual Strategies of Holocaust Memorials: Germany, Israel and the United States, for publication.

“Marking Absence: Remembrance and Hamburg’s Holocaust Memorials”, in Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Past, eds. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld and Paul B. Jaskot (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008), 251 - 272.

 “Israeli Holocaust Memorial Strategies at Yad Vashem: from Silence to Recognition”, Art Journal (Summer 2006) vol. 65 no. 2: 102 – 122.

 “Too Much Atrocity?” Review of Paul Williams, Memorial Museums: The Global Rush to Commemorate Atrocities (Berg: Oxford and New York),Museum Anthropology Review (2009) vol. 3, no. 2: 166 – 168.

 “Serious Play: Paul Henry Ramirez,” Paul Henry Ramirez (NY: Distributed Art Publishers, 2005): 23 – 27.

“ProjectSITE: Public Art in the Silos,” Art Lies (Spring 2005) vol. 6 no. 2: 100 – 101.

In Progress

Visual Strategies of Holocaust Memorials: The United States, Germany and Israel  

“Walking, Memory: Richard Serra and the Berlin Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe”

Recent Papers

2013 Invited Panelist, American Association of Anthropology, Chicago, IL
Title of Paper: “Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones: Holocaust Memory and Environmental Art” (forthcoming)
2013 Invited Panelist, Association of Jewish Studies, Boston, MA
Title of Paper: “Addressing an Imagined Community: Holocaust Memorials in the United States” (forthcoming)
2013 Panelist, Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensborough, NC
Title of Paper: “Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial: Imagination and Memory” (forthcoming)
2013 Invited Lecturer, Colby Alumni College, Colby College, Waterville, ME
Title of Lecture: “Cubism Confronts Fascism: Picasso at the 1937 World’s Fair” (forthcoming)
2013 Invited Panelist, Contemporary Women Artists in China, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Title of Panel: “Women’s Spirituality and Environmental Art” (forthcoming)
2013 Lecture, Colby Alumni College, Waterville, ME
Title of Paper: “Picasso and the 1937 Picasso World’s Fair”
2012 Lecture, Bowdoin Faculty Seminar Series, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Title of Paper: “Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s First Holocaust Memorial”

2011 Association of Jewish Studies, Washington, DC
Title of Paper: “Nathan Rapoport and North America’s First Holocaust Memorial”

2011 Invited Lecture, Art Department, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME
Title of Paper: "Weaving Time: Holocaust Memorials in the United States from Philadelphia to Augusta, ME"

2010 Invited Lecture, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, ME
Title of Paper: “The Politics and Aesthetics of Holocaust Memorials: Germany and Israel”

2009 Invited Lecture, Department of Fine Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
Title of Paper: “Walking, Imagination: The Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”

2009 Invited Lecture, Public Art, Public Feeling, Hamilton NY
Title of Paper: “Questioning Dialogue: Public Art and Imagination”

2007 Invited Lecture, Memory and Memorials: Exploring Historical Commemoration on the Border, El Paso, TX Title of Paper: “Forgetful Remembering and Don Juan Oñate”

2006 German Studies Association Pittsburgh, PA
Title of Paper: “Holocaust Remembrance in Hamburg”

2006 Lecture, New Mexico State University Art History Lecture Series, Las Cruces, NM
Title of Paper: “Ed Ruscha, Thomas Cole and Baudrillard’s Art After the Conspiracy”  

2006 - 2007 Carnegie Foundation/Teachers for a New Era Mini-Grant, University of Texas, El Paso

1998 – 2000 German Research Association (DfG)/Graduate Colloquium for Political Iconography, University of Hamburg, Germany

1997 – 1998 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellowship, University of Hamburg, Germany

1996 German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Fellowship, Goethe Institute, Iserlohn, Germany

Bowdoin College, Department of Art, Adjunct Faculty 2010 - present

Colgate University, Department of Art and Art History, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2008 - 2010

Syracuse University, Department of Fine Arts, Alvin I. Schragis Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007 - 2008

University of Texas, El Paso, Department of Art, Assistant Professor, 2004 - 2007