Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer in Art History
Since the 1960s, artists in Western Europe and the United States have used the environment as a site of visual exploration, discussion, critique, and action. From Robert Smithson and his ever-disintegrating “Spiral Jetty,” to Agnes Denes’s “Wheatfield” growing alongside Wall Street, to Mierle Ukeles’s installation and performance art in conjunction with the New York Department of Sanitation, to Eduardo Kac’s “GFP Bunny,” artists have explored the ways in which art objects are in dialogue with the environment, recycling, and biology. Works engage with concepts such as entropy, the agricultural industry, photosynthesis, and green tourism encouraging us to see in new ways the natural world around us. Visits to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s collections complement the material studied. Writing-intensive course emphasizes firm understanding of library and database research and the value of writing, revision, and critique.
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 current manuscript, Holocaust Memorials in the United States and Germany: From Grass-Roots Movements to National Debates will be published by Temple University Press in 2017. Other forthcoming publications include articles in Images: A Journal in Jewish Arts and Culture and in Journal of Jewish Identities.
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.
Holocaust Memorials in the United States and Germany: From Grass-Roots Movements to National Debates (forthcoming Temple University Press, Spring 2017)
"From Ravensbrück to Berlin: Will Lammert’s Monument to the Deported Jews (1957/1985)," Images: A Journal of Jewish Arts and Culture (July 2016)
"‘Never bow your head, be helpful, and fight for justice and righteousness:‘ Nathan Rapoport and Philadelphia’s Holocaust Memorial (1964),” Journal of Jewish Identities (July 2016)
“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.
2015 Panelist, Association of Jewish Studies, Boston, MA
Title of Paper: “‘Never bow your head, be helpful, and fight for justice and righteousness:‘ Nathan Rapoport and Philadelphia’s Holocaust Memorial (1964)"
2015 Chair, Association of Jewish Studies, Boston, MA
Title of Panel: "Seeing Israeli Culture Through the Archive"
2015 Invited Panelist, Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Title of Paper: “'Never bow your head, be helpful, and fight for justice and righteousness:' Nathan Rapoport and Philadelphia’s Holocaust Memorial (1964)”
2015 Panelist, Politics and Memory in Central and Eastern Europe, Lewiston, ME
Title of Paper: "Holocaust Memory in Germany: From Figuration to Abstraction."
2014 Panelist, Association of Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD
Title of Paper: "From Ravensbrück to Berlin: Willi Lammert’s Holocaust Memorial (1957/1985)"
2014 Invited Lecturer, Department of History, Colby College, Waterville, ME
Title of Paper: “Vergangenheitsbewältigung and Holocaust Memorials in Germany”
2013 Invited Panelist, American Association of Anthropology, Chicago, IL
Title of Paper: “Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones: Holocaust Memory and Environmental Art”
2013 Invited Panelist, Association of Jewish Studies, Boston, MA
Title of Paper: “Addressing an Imagined Community: Holocaust Memorials in the United States”
2013 Panelist, Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensborough, NC
Title of Paper: “Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial: Imagination and Memory”
2013 Invited Lecturer, Colby Alumni College, Colby College, Waterville, ME
Title of Lecture: “Cubism Confronts Fascism: Picasso at the 1937 World’s Fair”
2013 Invited Panelist, Contemporary Women Artists in China, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Title of Panel: “Women’s Spirituality and Environmental Art”
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”
2014, Fellow, Silberman Seminar, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
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