Jason Rosenfeld has been a member of the faculty at MMC since fall 2003. Dr. Rosenfeld received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a dissertation titled “New Languages of Nature in Victorian England: The Pre-Raphaelite Landscape, Natural History and Modern Architecture in the 1850s.” He has previously taught at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, New York University, and Queens College, City University of New York. Academic interests include nineteenth-century European art, British art, specifically Victorian and the Pre-Raphaelites, art and architecture in New York City, modern architecture, and contemporary art.
His most recent project was the exhibition River Crossings, held at the historic homes of Thomas Cole (Cedar Grove in Catskill, NY), and Frederic Edwin Church (Olana in Hudson, NY), and featuring contemporary art in these spaces for the first time. The exhibition was co-curated with the painter Stephen Hannock. It has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS Sunday Morning, and ran from May 3 - November 1, 2015. The accompanying catalog is published by The Artist Book Foundation.
Recent research interests have revolved around the life and career of the Victorian painter Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and his monograph on that artist for Phaidon Press Ltd. was published in 2012. He co-curated the major exhibition on Millais at Tate Britain, London, the National Gallery of British Art, with Alison Smith, Senior Curator of Paintings, which traveled to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, followed by venues in Fukuoka and Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition was seen by in excess of 660,000 visitors. His most recent co-curated exhibition is “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde,” seen by 242,000 at Tate Britain from September 11, 2012 to January 13, 2013, the second most heavily attended exhibition in that institution’s history. The show drew 251,000 visitors at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (February 17 – May 19, 2013), and has most recently been seen at the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia (June 11 – October 13, 2013) and the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, Japan (January 25 – April 6, 2014). Its final venue was the Palazzo Chiablese in Torino, Italy (April 19 - July 13, 2014). Here is an introduction to one of the key works in the show – Millais’s Isabella (1848-9). He was a consultant on the exhibition The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 20 - October 26, 2014.
He has published many articles and reviews on British art and architecture and contemporary art, writes criticism for The Brooklyn Rail, and was a frequent reviewer for Art in America. He was a co-curator of the exhibition “The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print” at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, in 1995, and contributed to the “Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection” exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 2003. He also contributed an essay to the catalogue of Marcel Dzama’s exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery, New York, in 2005. In addition, he has been the lead contributor on a monograph on the contemporary American artist, Stephen Hannock, published by Hudson Hills Press in the summer of 2009 and curated an exhibition of Hannock’s new work at Marlborough Gallery, New York (April 25 – June 2, 2012), a version of which traveled to London (February 4 - March 1, 2014). He has also written the catalogue for South African artist Lionel Smit’s exhibition at Rook & Raven Gallery, London (March 21 - April 30, 2014).
B.A., Art History and Economics, cum laude and with Distinction in Art History, Duke University
M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Reviews in The Brooklyn Rail
“Bill Scott: Refulgence,” in Bill Scott: Imaging Spring, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, 2016.
River Crossings. The Artist Book Foundation, 2015.
“Crossing Paths: The Chance Meeting that Spawned ‘River Crossings’.” Apollo (online) (May 29, 2015).
“Q&A with Jason Rosenfeld, Co-Curator of ‘River Crossings.’” Modern Painters (May 2015): 36.
“To Rival Claude: Richard Wilson at the Yale Center for British Art.” Apollo 180 (July/August 2014): 91-2.
Lionel Smit: Dialogic Cumulus. Exh. cat. London: Rook & Raven Gallery, 2014.
Stephen Hannock. Moving Water, Fleeting Light. Exh. cat. London: Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 2014.
“Millais and the ‘luster of Titian,’” in The Reception of Titian in Britain, c. 1780-1880: Artists, Collectors, Critics. Ed. Peter Humfrey. Brepols, Turnhout, 2013.
John Everett Millais. London: Phaidon Press Ltd., 2012.
(co-authored with Tim Barringer and Alison Smith) Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. Exh. cat. London: Tate Publishing, 2012 (pub. In U.S. as Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, Tate Publishing and Yale University Press).
Pre-Raphaelites. London: Tate Publishing, 2012, 80 pp.
Stephen Hannock. Recent Paintings: Vistas with Text. Exh. cat. New York: Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 2012.
“River Crossings: Curator’s Lecture,” Columbia-Greene Community College, May 17, 2015.
“Blaze like a Comet: William Dyce and Heavenly Perception in an Age of Uncertainty,” Science is Measurement: Nineteenth-Century Science, Art and Visual Culture, College Art Association Conference, New York, February 12, 2015.
“Pre-Raphaelites and Pop Culture,” Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism and Japan Workshop, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo, January 25, 2014 and Hosei University, Tokyo, January 26, 2014.
“Post Pre‑Raphaelitism: The Global Influence of the Victorian Avant-Garde,” The Pre-Raphaelite Society AGM and Founder’s Day Lecture, Birmingham & Midland Institute, October 19, 2013.
“The Pre-Raphaelites and International Modernism: Interlacings,” Modernisms/Modernities Symposium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., March 8 & 9, 2013.
“Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, Conception, Exhibition, Reception,” Yale Center for British Art, with Tim Barringer, March 6, 2013.
Respondent and panelist, Medievalism, Modernity, and the Sacred in Britain and America after 1900 Symposium, Yale Center for British Art, February 23, 2013.“Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde,” Curator’s Lecture with Tim Barringer and Diane Waggoner, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., February 17, 2013.
“Pre-Raphaelites and Global Pop Culture from the 1960s to the Present,” Curator’s Talk, Tate Britain, London, January 12, 2013.
“Pre-Raphaelites and Film,” International Pre-Raphaelitism Workshop, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, January 11, 2013.
“Stephen Hannock: Painted VistaVisions,” Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT, September 28, 2012.
English-Speaking Union, New York, “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde,” with Tim Barringer, May 24, 2012.
Architecture Lecture Series, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, “Ruskin, Pre-Raphaelitism, Historicism, Eclecticism: Toward an Architecture,” April 2, 2012.
The Treasures of the Collection in Context: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Symposium, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, “John Everett Millais and the Old Masters,” February 4, 2012.
ART 166 Exploring the Visual Arts
ART 250 Survey of Western Art I
ART 252 Survey of Western Art II
ART 260 Sophomore Art History Seminar
ART 288 Visual Arts Abroad (trips have included London; Athens and the Peloponnese; Florence; Rome; Belgium)
ART 318 Michelangelo
ART 325 Caravaggio, Bernini, and Baroque Art in Rome
ART 355 Renaissance and Baroque Art
ART 361 Curatorial Skills Seminar
ART 362: Visual Arts Seminar: New York City
ART 380 Modern Art I: The Nineteenth Century from Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism
ART 381 Modern Art II: The Early-Twentieth Century from Post-Impressionsim to Pop Art
ART 398 The Pre-Raphaelites
ART 451 Senior Art History Seminar
College Service, Marymount Manhattan College
Chair, Faculty Council 2013-15.
Chair, Academic Technology Group.
Member, Strategic Planning Committee
Member, General Education Committee.
Member, Academic Advisement Research Group.
Member, Honorary Degrees Committee.
Member, Distinguished Chair Committee.