The Department is profoundly saddened by the tragic accidental death of Melanie Michailidis, Ph.D., the Korff Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Art. A memorial service will be held for the campus and arts community in March 2013.
The Department had a lively presence at CAA, held in Los Angeles February 22-26. Professor John Klein delivered "Matisse's Decoration as Total Artwork" in the session "The Modern Gesamtkunstwerk"; Professor Marisa Bass (joining the department next fall), gave the paper "After-Images of Erasmus: The Humanist Portrait in the Early Sixteenth-Century Netherlands" in the session "Affect and Agency: The Netherlandish Portrait (1400-1750); and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Melanie Michailidis co-chaired (with Dr. Glaire Anderson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) the session "The Interconnected Tenth Century," where she also delivered "Samanid Silver and Trade Along the Fur Route."
Professor William Wallace was the keynote speaker at the Seventh Quadrennial Sculpture Conference at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Professpr Elizabeth Childs was interviewed in the "State of the Arts" TV program for the Higher Education Channel, along with curator Simon Kelly, about the exhibition of Monet's Water Lilies at the Saint Louis Art Museum. To learn more about the program and listen to the interview, visit its website at http://www.hectv.org/programs/series/state-of-the-arts/1385/december-2011/ (The Monet segment runs during minutes 22 to 27 of the program).
Professor Childs delivered a paper "Sensation in Tahiti: Women, Water, and the Anti-modernisms of Gauguin," in the Symposium "Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne: Modernism and Anti-Modernism" at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. http://www.barnesfoundation.org/events/renoir-symposium