Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Symposium: The Festive City, in celebration of the exhibition The Festive City on view at the RISD Museum through July 14, 2013
Support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Brown University's Tabak Fun for Italian Studies, Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.
March 1, 2013
Michael Graves: Images of a Grand Tour
Sponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
February 28, 2013
Annual Anita Glass Memorial Lecture featuring Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby: "Still Thinking about Olympia's Maid"
Professor of the History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
February 12, 2013
Anthony Vidler Lecture: "Enlightenment Ecologies: Nature and Myth in Ledoux's Architectural Universe"
Dean and Professor, School of Architecture, Cooper Union
November 13, 2012
Anthony Vidler Master Seminar: "Two Angels/Two Modernities: Walter Benjamin and the Art-Historical Paradigm"
Dean and Professor, School of Architecture, Cooper Union
November 12, 2012 (Seminar and Lecture Descriptions)
The Last Film Noir: Crossing Borders from Juan Carlos Onetti'sPara esta noche to Werner Schroeter's Diese Nacht
Ed Dimendberg, Professor, School of Humanites, University of California, Irvine
September 25, 2012 5:30pm, List 120
2012-2013 Graduate Student Symposium: "Defiant Acts: Questioning Authority in the History of Art and Architecture": "Defiant Acts" site
April 10, 2012 6:00pm
Deciccio Auditorium , Salomon Hall
2011-2012 Year of China Art History Lecture Series
This year Brown celebrates its University-wide year of China. The History of Art & Architecture Department has organized a lecture series in conjunction with the Year of China.
Monday April 9th
Hao Sheng, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition
Wednesday April 18th
Craig Clunas, Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford
Looking at Looking at Chinese Painting
History of Art and Architecture Lectures
Tuesday, February 28th 4:15
Dr. Sheila Canby
Curator in Charge of the Islamic Art Department
at the Metropolitan Museum
The Galleries for Islamic Art at the Met: Renovation and Revival
Thursday, March 8th 6:00
Bjarke Ingels presents the J. Carter Brown Lecture
Danish architect, founder and head of Bjarke Ingels Group
Currently a visiting professor at Harvard
University Graduate School of Design
Wednesday March 7th, List 110, 5:30pm
"Alfred Schreyer from Drohobycz," a film by Marcin Gizycki
The Culture and Practice of Painting in Song China (960-1279)
Annual Memorial Anita Glass Lecture 2011-2012
Richard Barnhart, Professor Emeritus, Yale University
Wednesday, 16 November, 5:30 pm, List Art Center Room 120
During the 300 years China was ruled by the Song emperors the art of painting reached heights of sophistication and accomplishment that mark the period forever as a golden age. Painting became a necessary companion of the fulfilled life in nearly all spheres of activity, from palace to temple, and continued to provide enrichment into the tomb. Barnhart explores the practice of Song painting and how that practice bears on questions of dating and attribution that continue to occupy him.
Particularly interesting are the beginning and the end of Song art, junctures that demonstrate the unique character of the period. Sculpture dominates the Tang and calligraphy inspires the Yuan. The rich illusion of space so fundamental to the identity of Song, when painting dominated the other arts, is examined within both the long tradition of illusionistic spectacles that were essential to imperial and religious practices in China and the evolving nature of painting itself, as independent professional painters achieved fame in every institution of traditional China.
2011-2012 Graduate Student Symposium: "Not on View"
October 20-21, 2011
"Not on View" site
The Happiness of Others: Social Identity and the Photographic Smile
Professor Tanya Sheehan (Art History Department Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), "The Happiness of Others: Social Identity and the Photographic Smile."
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Painted Pottery of Gansu Province: Prehistoric Art in Comparative Perspective
Robert W. Bagley, Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Thursday, 15 September, 5:30 PM List Art Center Room 110
If pots resembling those from China were found on Mars, which is more probable, two separate inventions on two planets, or interplanetary travel? But the fact that certainty is unattainable does not mean that comparison is pointless. It can help us assess probabilities: the New World is not Mars, but it is a long way from China and Mesopotamia. More important, comparison has much to teach us about artistic invention. Design, we cannot doubt, is part of what it is to be human (and Martian?).
Scholars, Antiquity, and Jades of 12th-17th Century
Jenny So, Professor of Fine Arts – Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities Chinese University of Hong Kong
Thursday, 29 September, 5:30 pm, List Art Center Room 110
The culture of China's literati and their pursuit of antiquity have been popular subjects of art-historical research. Often these investigations center on the realms of painting, calligraphy, and ritual bronzes of the Northern Song, and Late Ming and Qing dynasties. This presentation looks at the same phenomena from the perspective of another medium, jade. Although jade has been a central icon in Chinese culture spanning several millennia, its place in the life of the Chinese literati has been neglected in most studies. We shall focus on jade during the period from the Southern Song to the early Qing dynasty (12th to 17th Centuries). Archaeologically excavated examples of securely datable jades from Song and later contexts, as well as important objects in museum collections, shall form the backbone for this exploration into the Song-Ming scholars' impressions of antiquity.
The Belitung Shipwreck: Medieval Chinse Treasures and Modern Culture Politics
Francois Louis, Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
Thursday, 13 October, 5:30 pm, List Art Center Room 110 Salvaged in 1998 in Indonesia, the Belitung shipwreck contained the oldest known Chinese ceramic cargo – over 60,000 ceramic bowls and jars from the ninth century. The wreck documents the earliest known large-scale export of ceramics from China and for the first time provides substantial data to study medieval maritime trade in Southeast Asia. Beside the ceramics, the site also yielded extraordinary Chinese gold, silver, and bronze artifacts, and enough remains of the ship’s hull to allow for a reconstruction of the vessel and for its identification as Arab. What can this spectacular find tell us about medieval maritime trade between China, Southeast Asia, and Iraq? I propose to examine it alongside historical records, which paint a picture of diplomat-merchants and a good number of self-serving officials who acted within a system of severe political factionalism, widespread corruption, and feeble imperial control. Today, after its commercial salvage and subsequent sale, the cargo continues to engender notions of profiteering and political expediency.
"Miniature Worlds," HIAA Class Exhibition and Reception
May 10, 4-6:20 pm, at the John Nicholas Brown Center
Dr. Shiva Balaghi, Cogut Center Fellow
"Between Ali and Rostam: Masculinity in Contemporary Iranian Art"
Wednesday, February 16th 5:30 List Art Center Room 110 Reception to follow
This lecture is funded by the Joe and Emily Lowe Endowment
Annual Anita Glass Memorial Lecture: Irene J. Winter
Irene J. Winter, Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard University
February 23rd, List Art Center room 120 at 5:00pm.
Sponsored by the Anita Glass Memorial Endowment Fund
Co-Sponsored event: Venetia Porter
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:00PM
The 2010 Graduate Practicum
2010-2011 Graduate Symposium: The Human Scale
October 15-16, 2010
Ipek Tureli, Cogut Center Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History of Art and Architecture, has been awarded the 2009 Teaching with Technology Award for the Use of Multimedia by the Instructional Technology Group (ITG), part of Brown's Computer and Information Services.
HIAA 0490: Urban Modernity and the Middle East Guest Lecturers
"Alterity and Photography: The Case of Francis Frith”
February 12: Thursday, 9 am, List Art Center, #110
Andrea V. Rosenthal Professor of Modern Art, Brown University
Nation Building & the Planning of Capital Cities
March 10: Tuesday, 9 am, List Art Center, #110
“Nature-City and State-Citizen relationships: The making of Islamabad as a 'City of the Future' 1959-63”
Ahmed Zaib Khan Mahsud
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Divided Cities: “Planning Jerusalem: Between Ottoman and Colonial Modernity”
March 12: Thursday, 9 am, List Art Center, #110
Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies
Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University
Cosmopolitan Nostalgia: "Pan-Islamic Architecture from the 1960s onwards”
April 09: Thursday, 9 am, List Art Center, #110
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation
Roger Williams University
2009-2010 Graduate Student Workshop
Brigid Doherty Lecture, December 10th, 2009
"A Footnote to Art History in Walter Benjamin's 'Artwork Essay'"
List Art Center, Room 110 at 4:30 p.m.
Exhibition of STUDENT short films
December 8 - 22, 2009.
John Nicholas Brown House, Carriage House Gallery, Gallery hours: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Professor Tureli's Spring 08/09 HIAA 0490 class featured in Brown Daily Herald article
Department Lecture Series 2009-2010
Monday, March 15th, Jeffrey Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture
“The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe: Craft and Collaboration at Arnstein Abbey”
February 17, 2010, Krista Thompson
“Vernacular Photographic Practices and the Performing Body in the African Diaspora”
March 3, 2010, Michael Gaudio
“Sounding Bodies and Silent Pictures: Thomas Edison, Theodor de Bry, and Native American Dance”
November 9, 2009, Vidya Dehejia
"The Body, Sensuous and Sacred, in India's Art"
December 9, 2009, Elizather Zarur
“Sacred and Profane Procession in Brazil: Displays of Religiosity in the City”
2009 Annual Anita Glass Memorial Lecture
Anita F. Glass Memorial Lecture, Spring 2009
Neil Gray Jr. Professor Emeritus of English
and American Studies, Yale University
Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:30 pm List Art Center Room 120