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Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, who served as Book Review Editor for The Art Bulletin between 1995 and 1998, was invited to write a critical essay, as part of the journal's centennial, on "Daniel Arasse, Le détail: Pour une histoire rapprochée de la peinture (Paris: Flammarion, 1992; paper, 1996)," which was published in The Art Bulletin 95, no. 4 (December 2013): 649-651.
She also co-chaired a session (with Professor Martha E. Lucy, Drexel University) on "Antimodernism(s) in French Art and Culture, 1860-1914" at the College Art Association's annual conference in Chicago, February 12, 2014.
Professor Wendy Bellion presented an invited paper, "Benjamin West between Painting and Theater," at the London symposium "In Circulation: John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West in England, France, and America," on March 28, 2014. The event was hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. A video of the paper, which was live broadcast on the internet as a webinar, can be found at the following URL (scroll to 03:08:00 for Professor Bellion's talk): http://www.mfah.org/calendar/live-stream-london-circulation-john-singleton-copl/9232/
Professor Perry Chapman has just published "The Trouble with Artists" (The Art Bulletin 95, September 2013), which assesses the contribution and impact of two fundamental books about the idea and image of the artist, Die Legende vom Kunstler (1934), by Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz, and Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists. A Documented History from Antiquity to the French Revolution (1963), by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower. Professor Chapman, who is former editor-in-chief of The Art Bulletin, was commissioned to write this review essay as part of the journal's centennial.
Professor Mónica Domínguez Torres has published the book Military Ethos and Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico, a detailed study of martial images and symbols that emerged in the central Valley of Mexico in the aftermath of the Spanish Conquest. Part of Ashgate's series Transculturalisms, 1400-1700, this study not only discusses some of the representational strategies fostered by European friars in their missionary enterprise, but also the ways in which local communities and leaders appropriated, manipulated, modified and reinterpreted foreign visual codes. Professor Domínguez's book was awarded a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Award from the College Art Association in 2011. For more information, visit Ashgate's website: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754666714
Professor Emerita and alumna Ann E. Gibson has won the 2013 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Book Prize for her book Abstract Expressionism: Other Politics (Yale University Press, 1997). The prize is given out every three years for a book that has changed the field. She gave a talk about the book at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 21, 2013, and publicly accepted the prize.
Professor Lawrence Nees presented a lecture in Paris on March 28, 2014 at a conference devoted to Charlemagne on the 1200th anniversary of his death. The conference was organized by and held at the Deutsches Historisches Institut/Institut historique allemand [German Historical Institute] in Paris, devoted to "Charlemagne: Les temps, les espaces, les hommes; Construction et déconstruction d’un règne" [Charlemagne: Time, Space, and People; Construction and Deconstruction of a Reign]. It was a three-day interdisciplinary conference bringing together historians, archaeologists, art historians, and literary specialists. Professor Nees, the only participant from the U.S., gave a paper on "Networks or Schools? The Production of Illuminated Manuscripts and Ivories during the Reign of Charlemagne." The papers will all be published next year, but they were also presented live on the internet, and can be seen at the following URL (scroll to 1:07:20 for the presentation by Professor Nees): http://charlemagne.hypotheses.org/343.
Professor Ikem S. Okoye was an invited speaker at a three-day Dumbarton Oaks symposium on African Landscapes concluded May 11, 2013. Okoye’s talk “Good Bush, Bad Bush: Representing our Natures in Historical Southern Nigerian landscapes,” argued that the cultured extension of a moral, representational universe over the terrain of southern Nigeria indicates that historical African societies possessed concepts, procedures and productions of "the landscape" (including its representation in art) surprisingly comparable to those that emerged in European and American history. A longer synopsis of the earlier parts of the symposium is found at http://dirt.asla.org/2013/05/14/13774/
Professor Lauren Hackworth Petersen has recently published Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome, a co-edited project with Patricia Salzman-Mitchell (University of Texas Press, 2012). This anthology, which brings together scholars from ancient art history and classics, provides an interdisciplinary look at the potentially charged roles of motherhood in ancient daily life, politics, rhetoric, medicine, and art and architecture. Professor Petersen has also published two essays on Roman religion with The Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome and Arethusa. For more information on Mothering and Motherhood, visit: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/petmot
After returning from her research leave at the University of Tokyo and Aoyama Gakuin University in late 2013 (under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul has published her volume, Architecturalized Asia (2014), and delivered several public talks at major institutions. In March, she gave a talk at the Association for Asian Studies' Annual Conference titled "Along the Buddha Steps: Should We Find Alexander the Great or Darius III"; in April, she gave a seminar lecture for the Faculty of Anthropology and Sociology of the National University of Singapore, "Turanian Pigmies and Caucasian Pyramids"; and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she presented a paper at the symposium on Asian art and architectural history titled "Ma Qingyun: Mocking the First Emperor Terracotta Warriors in the Age of Globalism." Earlier, she also gave a public seminar at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tobunken) in Tokyo, "Between the Globe and the World," and co-organized a workshop, "Beyond Established Categories in World Historical Studies." Her new book, Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha's Light, is in print.
Professor Margaret Werth gave two talks in April 2014 related to her book on Manet in the 1870s. The first, "Manet, Mallarmé, and the Shadow" was an invited lecture for "Manet: Then and Now," a conference at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania. This conference brought together scholars of nineteenth-century art and contemporary art. The second, "Violence and Comic Masculinity in France, 1868-1874," was presented at the Society for French Historical Studies' annual conference in Montreal.