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Professor Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer presented the keynote address titled "Delacroix: The Larger Picture" at a symposium organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, in conjunction with its exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, on November 3, 2013. Video of the symposium is available at http://www.sbma.net/events/delacroixsymposium.web
Professor Wendy Bellion has published Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), a study of pictorial and optical illusions in the early United States. Published with the support of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the book investigates Americans' encounters with illusionistic art in the early republic, arguing that early national exhibitions doubled as spaces of citizen formation. Bellion also reflected on the pleasures of trompe l'oeil in "Slow Art," a recent essay for the online academic journal Common-place.org.
Click here for more information on Citizen Spectator from the University of North Carolina Press.
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 on "Ernst Kitzinger's Contribution to Scholarship on the art of Western Europe," at a conference at the Warburg Institute, University of London (United Kingdom) on "Ernst Kitzinger and the Making of Byzantine Art History," in January 2013. At a conference of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association devoted to medieval Islamic art, at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2013, he presented "Insular sources on early Islamic Jerusalem: the problem of 'Arculf' on the earliest mosque." At the 49th International Medieval Conference, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May 2013, he participated in a session sponsored by the Historians of Islamic Art Association devoted to art in early Islamic Jerusalem, presenting the lecture "The Dome of the Chain." Also in May 2013, he took part in a conference on the 5 Senses in medieval art, at the Center of Medieval Studies at the University of Poitiers (France), giving a lecture on "Incense in late antique and early Islamic culture."
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
Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul gave a public lecture at Princeton University on February 15, 2012 titled "Temple Under Auspicious Clouds: Sino-Japanese Connections and the Search for Buddhist-Chinese Architecture, 1920s-1930s." For more details click here
Professor Margaret Werth presented a lecture in the Art History Department at the University of Southern California in March 2013. The lecture was related to her book on Edouard Manet’s work of the 1870s and was entitled “Manet’s Dirty Laundry.”
Werth has also just published “Heterogeneity, the City, and Cinema in Alberto Cavalcanti’s Rien que les heures” (Art History, November 2013), a study of an unusual avant-garde city film of the nineteen-twenties by a Brazilian filmmaker. In association with her work on this film and others of the twenties she recently delivered lectures at the Southeastern College Art Conference on the early city film in a session on The Multi-Temporal City (November 1, 2013), and as part of “City Symphonies” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with the exhibition Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis (October 23, 2013).