Ethan Lasser appointed curator at Harvard Art Museums

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Art Museums are pleased to announce the appointment of Ethan Lasser as Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art, effective Sept. 18, 2012. Lasser will join the Art Museums’ Division of European and American Art.Lasser’s innovative work as a curator and academic experience align well with the Art Museums’ teaching and research mission. From 2007 to the present, Lasser has been curator of the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a research institute committed to advancing progressive scholarship in American art through exhibitions, publications, teaching, and public programming. In 2008, he reinstalled the foundation’s permanent galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, a 13,000-square-foot exhibition space for American paintings and decorative arts. He has also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he initiated the Object Lab, a summer program for undergraduates focused on teaching American art and craft history through hands-on research with artifacts. Lasser is currently developing two new exhibitions—The Practice and Poetics of Repair and Makers: Craft and Industry in American Art—both of which explore his interest in art-making processes and materiality. Lasser, who graduated magna cum laude from Williams College, has a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University.“Ethan’s pursuit of new approaches to American art through provocative exhibitions and in-gallery teaching experiences make him a timely addition to the curatorial team during this pivotal period in the Harvard Art Museums’ growth,” said Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “He is already establishing his presence, contributing work on the plans for the reinstallation of the American collection in the galleries of our new facility.”last_img read more

Nearly half of Townsville properties selling at a loss

first_imgSELLERS in Townsville are feeling the pinch of the region’s struggling property market with nearly half of homes changing hands for less than what they were bought for. CoreLogic’s 2018 June Quarter Pain and Gain report shows that 47.1 of properties in Townsville sold at a loss.However, the rate of loss making sales is expected to fall as Townsville’s economy strengthens.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the amount of profitable sales in Townsville is expected to rise but it would take some time.“The economy is improving, we are seeing a lot of big infrastructure projects so I think things are certainly up,” he said.“I think they will fall but it will be quite a gradual process.”Townsville’s median house price is sitting at $332,000 as of June, after dropping .9 per cent in three months while units have dropped .3 per cent in the same period to $275,000.House in Townsville had less loss making sales at 42.3 per cent than units at 65.5 per cent.Despite Townsville’s high percentage of properties selling at a loss, several other Regional Queensland areas fared worse.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The Mackay/Isaac/Whitsunday region had 52.1 of houses and 57.4 per cent of units sell at a loss and Central Queensland has 49.4 per cent of houses and 62.7 per cent of units record losses.Mr Lawless said the high amount loss making sales was attributable to the ongoing weakness across the Townsville market.“Townsville’s, market has been tracking backwards for about four years and even though that rate has kind of evened off we haven’t seen the market move back to positive growth yet,” he said.“So there is a lot of people who bought into the market place even, seven, eight, nine, ten years ago where the value of property is either about what they paid for if not a little bit lower.”Mr Lawless said while sellers in Townsville were struggling to make a profit, it was a prime time to buy.“The silver lining is that buyers are benefiting from a substantial improvement in housing affordability.” he said.“With the local economy showing some signs of improving, we may be close to seeing the Townsville housing market move through the bottom of that has been a long and substantial down phase.”last_img read more