Past Event

Unlikely Dialogues in Art

May 26, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Columbia Global Centers Istanbul invites you to a series of webinar workshops to highlight the research of emerging scholars in the late Ottoman and early Turkish Republican history. Organized by Professor Zeynep Çelik, our fifth workshop, "Unlikely Dialogues in Art," turns to artistic production in comparative context. 

Dynamics of an Artistic Duo: Reciprocal Influences Between Elisa and Fausto Zonaro  
Alev Berberoğlu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University. Her dissertation, titled “Unwritten Histories of Photography: Elisa Zonaro, an Italian Photographer in Ottoman Istanbul,” explores the work of a  photographer active in the Ottoman capital at the end of the nineteenth century. Berberoğlu’s doctoral research concentrates on photography in the Ottoman Empire, and women’s experiences, ways of visual expression, and multicultural social life in nineteenth-century Istanbul.  

Citation as Nation Building in the Paintings of Cemal Tollu
Emily Neumeier is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Temple University. Her research concerns the art and architecture of the Islamic world, particularly from the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. Before coming to Temple, Neumeier taught at Ohio State University and was a Research Collaborator in the Max Planck Research Group “Objects in the Contact Zone: The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things” at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.

Redistributing Artistic Values in the New Turkey: The 1934–35 Exhibition of Soviet Art
Özge Karagöz is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at Northwestern University. Her research concentrates on transregional histories of modern art with an emphasis on artistic mobility along the Turkish-French-Soviet axis in the first half of the twentieth century. Her forthcoming dissertation is titled  “Refiguring Modernism at the Limits of Europe: Turkish-Soviet Exchanges, 1923-1950.” In 2020–21, she was a fellow in Northwestern University's Paris Program in Critical Theory.

Peter Hristoff is a visual artist working in painting, printmaking, drawing, and rug making. Recent exhibition venues have included the MoMA (NY), C.A.M. Gallery Istanbul, Duke House NYU, and The Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY. In 2005 Peter had a solo exhibition of his rugs at The Museum of Aya Sofya and he was selected as the first visual artist-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015/16. He has been exhibiting in Turkey since 1997 and will present Legacy: The Hristoff Family Archives at Yapi Kredi Cultural Center in 2022. Peter is part of the BFA Faculty of his alma-mater The School of Visual Arts. Peter's paintings and works on paper are in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, MoMA in NY, American Express, and Yapi Kredi Bank. Peter currently has a studio in Bethel, CT, and in NYC. 

Organized by:
Zeynep Çelik, Adjunct Professor, History Department, Columbia University and Distinguished Professor Emerita, New Jersey Institute of Technology 
Merve İspahani, Ph.D., Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul