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Art history series on art, architecture cites Middle Earth, Lara Croft


8:43 a.m., Nov. 7, 2013--Topics as diverse as Middle Earth, Lara Croft and Inception will be discussed beginning Monday, Nov. 11, as part of an art history series to be held on the steps of Old College.

Each will be the subject in this new series of public discussions designed to explore aesthetics and cultural interpretations of film, art, architecture and media.

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The University of Delaware Art History Club and the Department of Art History have paired up to present these new conversations, taking place through the rest of the fall semester.

“We want to do something casual to introduce the community to art and architecture outside the class,” said Vimalin Rujivacharakul, associate professor of art history and director of undergraduate studies.

From 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Lawrence Nees, interim chair of the department, will link J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to medievalism.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4 until 4:30 p.m., the science fiction film Inception will be highlighted in a discussion about architecture styles to be conducted by Sandy Isenstadt, associate professor and director of graduate studies, and Ikem Okoye, associate professor of art history.

Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 until 6 p.m., Rujivacharakul will tie the first emperor of China to mummies and the fictional character Lara Croft.

All events will take place on the grand steps of Old College, weather permitting, or in the lobby when necessary.

“Students, faculty, the larger community of the University of Delaware, movie lovers, anyone is welcome to come,” said Rujivacharakul.

The series is intended to be fun and informal while also providing the spark for enhanced public conversation on art and architecture.

Article by Kelly April Tyrrell

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