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Alexander Nagel: Antiquities Among Us: A Collaboration on the Fate of Brooklyn Navy Yard’s First Old-World Museum Collections
Four faculty received release time under the Center for Innovation Research Release Time Program, which was established last year to provide two semesters of release time for classroom faculty to pursue innovative research projects at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; they began working on-site in Spring 2020, but had to continue their efforts remotely. They will be presenting their research on the following topics: Keith Ellenbogen - Ocean Visualization: Discovering New York; Alexander Nagel - Antiquities Among Us: A Collaboration on the Fate of Brooklyn Navy Yard’s First Old-World Museum Collections; Theanne Schiros - Materials Science-Led Design for Innovation in Sustainability; Amy Sperber - Fashion Avatars: a Database for Diverse Bodies.
In addition to these presentations, attendees learned more about the Innovation Center at FIT, including how to apply for release time. We will also be joined by Lucia DeRespinis, Executive Director of the Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs, who will be sharing insight on working with their office to secure grants.
Alexander Nagel, assistant professor of Art History, is one of the first FIT faculty members to conduct research at the FIT Center for Innovation, FIT’s latest outpost at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Nagel, a researcher with a focus on the Near East, connected with Brooklyn-based museum professionals, art historians, and artists to recreate ancient artistic environments as education tools for museums, high schools, and elsewhere in academia. Originally, Nagel had sought to use the Center for Innovation as a hub for interdisciplinary partnerships, in order to enhance access to art and monuments. But the global health crisis of 2020 forced Nagel to shift his focus. He created a survey of the art once housed in the Brooklyn Lyceum–a 19th century museum of sarcophagi, materials from Troy, relics from Egypt, and more–that was taken to the Smithsonian, Naval Academy in Maryland, and elsewhere when the Lyceum closed. This survey became the basis for a conversation with institutions near the Navy Yard, and a way to digitally recreate a collection whose museum closed a century ago.
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