Joseph Kopta

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Visiting Instructor History of Art and Design 718.636.3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 2

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B.F.A., M.S., Pratt Institute; Harvard Divinity School; Columbia University; Ph.D. (A.B.D.), Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University


Specialist in the art and architecture of the medieval Mediterranean, with intellectual interests informed by materiality, cross-cultural interaction, and networks between Venice, Byzantium, and caliphal courts. He is currently completing a dissertation titled "Chromatic Networks: Materiality and Materialism of Middle Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries (ca. 850 - 1204 CE)" at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. Recent papers include "Color in Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries" at the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture; "Hair, Touch, and the Ivory Comb of Leo VI as an Agent of Imperial Order" at the Byzantine Studies Conference; and "Middle Byzantine Manuscript Pigments at the Byzantine Materiality Conference. In 2018 he co-organized the Italian Art Society-sponsored double panel, "Venice, Materiality, and the Byzantine World" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. He authored the entries "Canosa di Puglia" and "Kenneth Conant" to the Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art & Architecture, and was a contributor to the Beth Shean After Antiquity project at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held professional roles at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Museum of Biblical Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a faculty member of Pratt in Venice. Beginning in September 2019, he will begin a two-year Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany.