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Catherine Asher sitting in front of bookcases

Trailblazing a New Discipline

Professor Catherine Asher is one of the first scholars to study the Islamic influence in South Asian art and architecture. Asher has spent nearly four decades performing extensive travels around northern India and across the world conducting research. She retires this May and, just as with her research trips, she is keeping herself busy until the end.
Theresa Downing

Researching the Contemporary

Theresa Downing is a PhD student in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in contemporary art and fiber art. In January, she went to the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia to research the creation of a large horsehair mat, which became part of contemporary artist Ann Hamilton's tropos installation project at Dia Chelsea in New York City (1993-94).

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