Beyond Painting is a seminar taught by two Saint Louis Art Museum curators, Dr. Judith Mann and Dr. Elizabeth Wyckoff. The course is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks from the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection. In every class, students have the unique opportunity to engage in close-looking with the museum's rich collection of prints and sculpture in order to gain a better understanding of Renaissance art.
Several members of the department will represent Washington University at this flagship art and art history conference. Tola C Porter, PhD student, will deliver the paper "Reanimating the Possibilities of Affect in Henry Moore's The Arch, 1980," in the session "Exhibitions between Art and Design."
Read Judith Mann's comments to NPR on the life and work of Artemisia Gentileschi here.
In an international symposium devoted to new research on Henri Matisse, held at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia October 14-15, Professor John Klein delivered a paper on the ontological fluidity of Matisse's paper cut-outs entitled "Ultimate Method or Ultimate Materials?" His presentation may be viewed here. Dr Klein begins at 6hr 27min.
Doctor Wallace was recently in Florence (October 2016) to help inaugurate the newly renovated Botticelli rooms in the Uffizi Gallery funded by the philanthropic group, Friends of Florence.
Professor Klein will present the paper "Ranking Decoration," about modern decorative arts as an avant-garde strategy, in the quadrennial International Congress of the History of Art (CIHA) to be held in Beijing in September. PhD candidate Heather Read will also attend the Congress, as the guest of the National Committee for the History of Art (US) and the CIHA-China Secretariat.
Professor Childs will be contributing her expertise to a symposium at the Van Gogh Museum entitled,"On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness." For more about the symposium, click here.
Professor Miller received a Faculty Research Grant for summer 2016, which supported ongoing research at the New York Public Library into the papers of Lincoln Kirstein. This allowed her to continue the research she conducted at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, at the National Gallery in Washington in 2015-2016. She also interviewed a number of Kirstein's friends and associates for this project.
Professor Wallace visits Christo's "Floating Piers" installation at Lago Iseo in northern Italy, summer 2016 In Italy, Professor Wallace completed the manuscript for his new book provisionally titled, God's Architect: Michelangelo's Late Life and Art.
On May 19, 2016, we honored our talented graduates with a tea for both the students and their families in the Kemper Art Museum. Professor Liz Childs and Dr. Nate Jones delivered remarks and awarded the departmental awards to their recipients. Congratulations to the graduating seniors of 2016!
Professor Elizabeth Childs and graduate students from the Department of Art History and Archaeology gather around Meg Galindo (MA/PhD student) and Max Valsamas (PhD student), the co-curators of this summer’s installment of the Teaching Gallery at the Kemper Art Museum. Meg and Max delivered a gallery talk on May 12, 2016 to discuss the larger themes of their show Battle of Ideal vs. Real: The Figure in Nineteenth-Century Art. The exhibition characterizes the nineteenth century as a transformative period in the arts, because artists increasingly experimented with alternative ways of representing the human body while questioning established conventions. The Teaching Gallery exhibition is on display until July 31, 2016 in conjunction with the course Introduction to Western Art, Architecture, and Designed offered at Washington University in summer 2016.
Dr Wallace spoke to the Ampersand about a rare document housed in the Washington University Library written by Michelangelo Buonarroti, and what it exposes about the life and times of the artist To hear the full interview, visit here.
During Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016, we were delighted to host a lunch in honor of alumna Barbara Pollard-Stein of Scarsdale, New York, who has generously endowed an annual teaching prize for graduate students in our Department. Left to right are Jennifer Padgett (PhD candidate, and this year's winner of the award), Prof. John Klein, Barbara Pollard-Stein, Anna Warbelow, PhD, and Erin Sutherland, PhD (both recent winners of the award), and Prof. Liz Childs. Thank you Barbara for supporting our outstanding students, and for helping us to recognize their exceptional teaching skills.
For more information on Professor Childs' award, please click here.
The Washington University publication Ampersand has written an excellent article detailing the success of the Graduate Art History Student Symposium that took place on April 1-2, 2016. To read the article click here.
Professor Bass will conducting a workshop this April on her paper "The Metamorphosis of Nature in the Dutch Revolt" at the Seminar for European Art at Chicago's Newberry Library.
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In her talk entitled, "From Paris to Tahiti: Paul Gauguin's Innovative Prints," Professor Childs places the prints of the Arthur Ross Collection at Yale University Art Gallery within the larger context of Gauguin's artistic career in Paris and Tahiti, referencing other works by the artist and his contemporaries in the collection of the Gallery.
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Professor Wallace will be delivering the paper "Encountering Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi" for the panel "Encountering the Renaissance, Honoring Gary Radke II: The Primacy of the Object" at the 2016 RSA conference in Boston, MA.
Kristina Kleutghen delivered the lecture "Seeing Suzhou in Chinese Painting" at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This lecture was part of a year-long series, "Visualizing China's Imperial Order, 1500-1800," organized by the Mactaggart Art Collection in which scholars were invited to respond to works of art in the collection.
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