Articles by Michelle Millar Fisher

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Nuanced Failure and Urban Space

Nuanced Failure and Urban Space

Urban architecture is no stranger to criticism and failure. Consider the work of Le Corbusier “whose legacy of urban plans…has been mythologized and often maligned.”

Tom: "Tell me everything you know about this work." Me: "I'm pretty sure this is a nightmare caused by exam stress - Da Vinci isn't on my Orals bibliography....."

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Open Enrollment | Over & Out

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Open Enrollment | Over & Out

It’s Boxing Day. After two days of rest, great food, and much-anticipated family time, it’s the moment I have (not) been waiting for: Orals Exam Preparation. I handed in my …

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Open Enrollment | Sharing is Caring, and Canny

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Open Enrollment | Sharing is Caring, and Canny

Michelle Jubin updates us on her progress in building Art History Teaching Resources, a peer-to-peer platform for sharing teaching resources.

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Open Enrollment | Auf Wiedersehen, Berlin

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Open Enrollment | Auf Wiedersehen, Berlin

Michelle Jubin bids farewell to her summer in Berlin, but pays a visit to dOCUMENTA 13 before departing.

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Open Enrollment | A Postcard from Berlin

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Open Enrollment | A Postcard from Berlin

Michelle Jubin says “yes” to a two-month stay in Berlin to master German, and while there, discovers the rewards of saying “no” are greater than she’d thought.

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Open Enrollment | Ich bin ein Berliner

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Open Enrollment | Ich bin ein Berliner

As Michelle Jubin prepares for an intensive German language course in Berlin, she asks for tips from readers: what should she see–and do–while there?

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Open Enrollment | On the Art Market

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Open Enrollment | On the Art Market

Teaching a class on the history of the Art Market has Michelle Jubin thinking about ethics, profits, art handlers’ rights, and May Day, aka International Worker’s Day.

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Open Enrollment | Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.

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Open Enrollment | Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.

The US television series “Friday Night Lights” helps Michelle Jubin find the motivation to tackle a marathon pile of grading, essay writing, and lecture preparations.

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Open Enrollment | Magical Thinking

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Open Enrollment | Magical Thinking

Michelle Jubin finds herself at a crossroads, where she must choose between two equally compelling research topics for her Ph.D. dissertation.

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Open Enrollment | Calling All Art History Survey Teachers

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Open Enrollment | Calling All Art History Survey Teachers

Michelle Jubin is developing an online, peer-populated platform for sharing resources for teaching the art history survey, and asks readers for their input.

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Open Enrollment | Joel Sternfeld’s Pictures

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Open Enrollment | Joel Sternfeld’s Pictures

Michelle Jubin looks at Joel Sternfeld’s “First Pictures,” an exhibition of four photographic series made between 1971 and 1980.

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Open Enrollment | The Tomb of The Unknown Craftsman

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Grayson Perry’s exhibition takes visitors on an idiosyncratic pilgrimage through the British Museum’s permanent collections.

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Open Enrollment | A History Lesson

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Open Enrollment | A History Lesson

“First my father and my mother—both immigrants newly arrived on these shores—and then I and my late brother, Joseph, as well as many of the people who would become my …

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Open Enrollment | Put your money where your mouth is

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Open Enrollment | Put your money where your mouth is

So, this morning I’m off to sunny Savannah, Georgia, for SECAC (the Southeastern College Art Conference) to present on some of the ideas I shared at the Now Museum earlier …

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Farewell, First Exam

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Farewell, First Exam

  Despite finally having access to a car this summer and thus becoming one step closer to the delights of Fort Tilden beach, I remained a sickly white shade that …

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Open Enrollment | Meet Me at the Met

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Open Enrollment | Meet Me at the Met

In homage to the recently-opened summer indie movie Horrible Bosses, I thought I’d dedicate this, my first column since the close of the spring semester, to that annual rite of …

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Open Enrollment | Holding Back the Tears

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Open Enrollment | Holding Back the Tears

I’ve never been able to get past the touchy-feely over-share of the title of James Elkins’s 2001 book Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front …

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Open Enrollment | Love Everyone’s Futures

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Open Enrollment | Love Everyone’s Futures

The rain finally stopped this past Sunday so that 1001 chairs (or at least a good few hundred of them) could be set up outside Chinese embassies across the globe …

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Open Enrollment | What up, Internet? Saxophonist Throws Mad Wrenches in Capitalism’s Machinations

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Open Enrollment | What up, Internet? Saxophonist Throws Mad Wrenches in Capitalism’s Machinations

I’m happy to report that I’m alive. I made it through my first conference presentation as part of The Now Museum Graduate Student Symposium last Sunday at the New Museum. …

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The What? The CUNY Graduate Center? Is that, like, part of NYU?

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The What? The CUNY Graduate Center? Is that, like, part of NYU?

I’ve really been enjoying reading the posts from my fellow Open Enrollment bloggers over the last month, but Stefan’s post on his current experience at the Courtauld in London caught …

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Hello, Open Enrollment!

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Hello, Open Enrollment!

It’s at moments such as these that I realize that I’m still really, really close to the beginning even though the development of dark, round, deep eye bags that require …