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Milda Richardson

Associate Teaching Professor

Milda Richardson’s research interests focus on 19th- and 20th-century art, as well as design, folk art, architecture and issues relating to cultural landscape.  Her chapter on “The Nexus between Lithuanian Vernacular and Modernism,” is forthcoming in Twentieth Century Sacred Architecture in America, Anat Geva, editor (London: Routledge, 2018).  In her chapter “Iconoclasm and Resistance:  Wayside Shrines in the Struggle for Lithuanian Independence,” which appeared in Architecture and Armed Conflict:  The Politics of Destruction (London:  Routledge, 2014), she analyzed this unique folk art from both an anthropological and political perspective. 

In 2016 Dr. Richardson was invited by the McMullen Museum at Boston College to lecture on “Maginnis, Ireland and Pugin”.  She also delivered a paper on “Chester F. Wright (1899-1969) and Modern Sacred Space, at the Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium on Modernism in New England. 

Dr. Richardson is currently writing a monograph on the Boston firm of Maginnis & Walsh, the leading 20th century American ecclesiastical architects closely associated with the Arts & Crafts Movement. Her chapter in The Makers of Trinity Church… examines Charles D. Maginnis’s redesign for the chancel space of H.H. Richardson’s iconic building and places the chancel and its liturgical arts within the context of 20th-century design.

In order to better understand how art and language intersect, Dr. Richardson collaborated on an English translation of Le Lingue Baltiche by the Italian philologist Pietro U. Dini.  The translation, Foundations of Baltic Languages, was published by Vilnius University Press, 2014. 

She created and led the first Northeastern Dialogue to Lithuania under the title “From Pagan Past to Global Future:  The Arts of Lithuania”.

Dr. Richardson’s professional experience in diversity training and educational management infuses her teaching with an interdisciplinary perspective.  In 2017 she was appointed a member of the Research Council of Lithuania, Counsellor of the Lithuanian Parliament.  She serves on the Research, Policy and Analysis Division as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Committee.

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Education

  • 2003 Ph.D., Summa cum laude, Boston University, History of Art & Architecture Thesis: “The Metamorphosis of the Lithuanian Wayside Shrine 1850-1990”
  • 1991 M.A., Boston University, History of Art & Architecture Department Thesis: “Surrealist Black Humor as Mental Alchemy: Miró, Magritte, Ernst”

Awards

  • 2016, Northeastern University FFDF grant (Full-Time Faculty Development Fund), for (1) delivery of paper at SAH Annual Conference (Society of Architectural Historians), Pasadena, CA, April 2016; and (2) chair of Aesthetics, Creativity and Arts division and delivery of paper on designer Jonas Mulokas and architect Gunnar Birkerts for the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Bi-Annual Conference, Univ. Pennsylvania, PA, May 2016

Professional Experience

  • Northeastern University, College of Arts, Media & Design Art & Design Department, Full-time Lecturer, 2010- , Adjunct, 2009 Modern Art 1900-1940; 19th Century Art; Survey of Art & Design School of Architecture, Adjunct, 2003-2009
  • Brandeis University, Lecturer in Fine Arts, 2001-6 Undergraduate Thesis, 2005: Aaron Gaynor, Postmodern Architecture. Context & Humor

Courses Taught

  • Modern Art 1900-1940
  • 19th Century Art
  • Survey of Art & Design from Prehistory through Modern

Research/Publications Highlights

• Forthcoming: “The Nexus between Lithuanian Vernacular and Modernism,” chapter in Twentieth Century Sacred Architecture in America, Anat Geva, editor (London:  Routledge, 2018)

 

• Forthcoming: Memoirs from Siberian Exile, in collaboration with deportees, political prisoners and the Museum of Genocide, Vilnius, Lithuania (2018)

 

• Forthcoming:  Ipolitas Užkurnys: A Life in Sculpture, catalog for newly established Ipolitas Užkurnys Museum at Kernavė, Lithuania (2018)

 

• Foundations of Baltic Languages (with R.E. Richardson) (Vilnius, Lithuania:  Eugrimas, Vilnius University Press, 2014).  Translation of Le lingue baltiche by Pietro U. Dini (Florence:  La Nuova Italia Editrice, 1997), in Lingue d’Europa series. 

 

• “Iconoclasm and Resistance:  Wayside Shrines in the Struggle for Lithuanian Independence,” in Architecture and Armed Conflict:  The Politics of Destruction, eds. JoAnne Mancini and Keith Bresnahan (London:  Routledge, 2014): 103-115.  Referenced in Andrew Herscher, “In Ruins.  Architecture, Memory, Countermeory,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Article DOI:  10:1525/jsah.204.73.4.464 footnote 10.

 

• “The Ipswich Novitiate and the Genius of Modern Sacred Place,” in A Bridging of Art and Faith:  Sister Vincent De Paul Curran, SNDdN (Boston:  Emmanuel College, 2012).

 

• “Chancel Remodeling:  Charles D. Maginnis (Maginnis & Walsh),” in The Makers of Trinity Church, Boston, James F. O’Gorman, ed. (Amherst:  University of Massachusetts Press, 2004), 175-194.  Reviewed by Katherine Meyer, JSAH/64:2, June 2005.

Professional Affiliations

• Member, two committees of the Research Council of Lithuania, Counsellor of the Lithuanian Parliament, 2017-

1. Research, Policy and Analysis Division for Ph.D. programs in the arts

2. Social Sciences and Humanities Committee for evaluation of post-doctoral fellowships funded by the European Union

• Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies

• Co-chair, Aesthetics and the Arts Division, Conference,

• Stanford University, California, June 1-3, 2018

• Division Chair of Aesthetics, Creativity and Arts:

(1) Liturgical Art and Aesthetic Theory,

(2) The Baltic Stage and Contemporary Art, and

(3) Ideals, Reality and Dreams Fulfilled.

• Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, May 26-28, 2016

 

Research Interests

  • 19th- and 20th-century art
  • architecture and issues relating to cultural landscape
  • folk art