ART 502 Lecture Series

Reading the Future in the Paintings of the Past: Bark, Beetles, and Arboreal Art
Apr 18, 2024, 4:30 pm

This talk introduces my current project, “The Long Today: Nineteenth Century Painting and Environmental Change,” in which I argue for a reading of nineteenth century British and American paintings that finds the ecological future in the small, everyday details that they contain – items that we may easily pass over in an artwork; items that are…

Location
East Pyne Building 010
Speaker
Sponsor
Department of Art & Archaeology
Americans Abroad in the Seventeenth Century: People, Buildings, and the Space of Empire
Mar 7, 2024, 4:30 pm

One way to understand the network of Spanish Habsburg places in the early modern period is to think about individuals experiencing architecture. Zooming out to take in the wide space of empire allows us to explore how buildings and public spaces were shaped, often with coherent messages rendered through carved heraldry and ornament. Zooming in…

Location
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building A17
Speaker
Sponsor
Department of Art & Archaeology
Empires of Galanterie: The Transformations of the Imperial Imagination in Eighteenth-Century France
Feb 29, 2024, 4:30 pm

In 1763, an engraving was published in Paris to advertise French colonization in Guyana. Depicting a wealthy land, rich in promises, and couples engaged in gallant conversations, the image promoted a peaceful colonization. It ephemerally reenacted a gallant aesthetic born in Louis XIV’s reign which contributed to frame the imaginary of French…

Location
East Pyne Building 010
Speakers
Sponsor
Department of Art & Archaeology
Africa & Byzantium at The Met
Dec 7, 2023, 4:30 pm

Art history has long emphasized the glories of the Byzantine Empire (circa 330–1453), but less known are the profound artistic contributions of North Africa, Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, and other powerful African kingdoms whose pivotal interactions with Byzantium had a lasting impact on the Mediterranean world. Bringing together a range of…

Location
East Pyne Building 010
Speaker
Sponsors
  • Department of Art & Archaeology
  • Index of Medieval Art
Ideologies of Resilience in Ancient Roman Architecture
Nov 2, 2023, 4:30 pm

This lecture explores Roman failure and its counterpart, resilience, in ancient Roman architecture and urbanism. Focusing on the years before the great fire of 64, it argues, perhaps surprisingly, that Romans faced constant architectural failure, which authorities carefully managed, and that even before the fire, failure analysis and resilience…

Location
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building A17
Speaker
Sponsor
Department of Art & Archaeology
The Thief Who Stole My Heart
Sep 28, 2023, 4:30 pm

This talk commences by introducing the audience to the sacred bronzes created by a master sculptor around the year 1000, and suggests that his inspiration may well have been child-saint Sambandar’s opening hymn that hails god Shiva as “the thief who stole my heart.” Vidya Dehejia then moves beyond this sensuous imagery to ask questions of this…

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building A71
Speaker
Sponsor
Department of Art & Archaeology