Professor of History of Art and Near Eastern Studies
Department of the History of Art
Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall 174
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
The art and archaeology of the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean, cultural interactions, materiality, agency, style, communities of practice, Bronze and Iron Ages.
Marian Feldman holds a joint appointment in the Departments of the History of Art and Near Eastern Studies. She received her PhD in Art History at Harvard University in Ancient Near Eastern Art and concentrates on the arts of the second and first millennia BCE in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. Her interests range from questions regarding the role of the arts in cultural interactions to issues of object agency and materiality.
Feldman’s first book, Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an ‘International Style’ in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE (Chicago, 2006), examines the role of artistic hybridity and luxury arts in international diplomacy during the Late Bronze Age. Her second book, Communities of Style: Portable Luxury Arts, Identity and Collective Memory in the Iron Age Levant (to be published by Chicago in late 2014), examines the ways communities form around -- and by means of -- art objects, focusing on portable luxury items (in particular, ivory and metalwork) in the first half of the first millennium BCE. Feldman has also co-edited several volumes, including Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art (with Brian A. Brown; forthcoming by De Gruyter in late fall 2013), and is the author of several articles and catalogue essays.
Professor Feldman has held fellowships at the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata at the Universität zu Köln (2013) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2008-2009). She was a Getty Foundation “Connecting Art Histories” Visiting Professor at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul (March 2013) and a visiting professor at the University of Heidelberg (June 2010). She taught in the History of Art and Near Eastern Studies Departments at the University of California, Berkeley, before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2013.