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Professor of Russian
Professor William Craft Brumfield, recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2000) and Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 1992-93, is Professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University, where he also lectures at the School of Architecture. In 2002, he was elected to the State Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences.
In 1973 he earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages (specializing in 19th-century Russian literature and history) at the University of California, Berkeley. He was assistant professor at Harvard University (1974-80), and has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Wisconsin (1973-74) and Virginia (1985-86). In 1997, he received the annual Faculty Research Award from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tulane.
In 2000 the Moscow publishing house "Tri Kvadrata" began
the publication in Russian of Brumfield's work, including the
"Discovering Russia" series, sponsored by the Kennan Institute for
Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.
The thirteen volumes to date in this series include: Totma: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2005); Irkutsk: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2006);Tobolsk: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2006); Solikamsk: Architectural
Heritage in Photographs (2007); Cherdyn: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2007); Kargopol: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2007); Chita: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2008); Buriatiia: Architectural Heritage
in Photographs (2008); Solovki: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2008); Kolomna: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2009); Suzdal: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2009); Torzhok: Architectural Heritage in Photographs
(2010); Usol'e: Architectural Heritage in Photographs (2012). Most of these volumes have English as well as Russian text.
Brumfield has also published six large volumes (text in Russian and English) on the architectural history of the Vologda territory: Vologda Album (2005); Velikii Ustiug (2007); Kirillov. Ferapontovo (2009); Ustiuzhna (2010); Belozersk (2011); and Vologda (2012).
He has numerous other publications on Russian architecture, photography,
and literature, and has lectured frequently on these topics at museums
and universities in North America and in Europe. His photographs of
Russian architecture, which have been exhibited at numerous galleries
and museums, are part of the collection of the Image Collections at the
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
His recent shows include "The Russian Art of Building in Wood" (a traveling exhibit sponsored by the National Humanities Center), and "Lost Russia: Photographs by William Brumfield," which opened at the Duke University Museum of Art in January 1996, and has since appeared at the New Orleans Museum of Art (Nov. 1996-Feb. 1997), the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and other museums.
He has lived in Russia for a total of ten years, and has done graduate and post-doctoral research at Moscow and Leningrad Universities (on IREX fellowships), as well as at the Russian Institute of Art History in Moscow. He co-directed the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty "Moscow: Architecture and Art in Historical Perspective," held in Moscow during the summer of 1994, and has since conducted faculty summer seminars in various parts of Russia under the auspices of the Russian Institute of Art History.
Below are links to sites containing his photography and text:
Vologda Regional Culture Department -- This rapidly expanding site is becoming an Internet library for Professor William Brumfield's Russian publications as well as photos.
Library of Congress Archive -- Meeting of Frontiers: The William C. Brumfield Collection
Pomor State University Collection devoted to architecture of the Russian North.
For information on the new edition of Prof. Brumfield's standard work A History of Russian Architecture, please click here.
For additional photos and information on Professor Brumfield and his research, please click here.
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