Past Events (2009-2014)

2015-2016 Past Events

Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine

November 4, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Danforth Hall

2015-2016 History of Art and Architecture Lecture Series

Art of the Ancient World & its Afterlife: 
Transformations of the Classical Tradition:

October 5th,  5:30  RI Hall Rm 108
Milette Gaifman, Yale University, Associate Professor, Classics and History of Art
"Divine Fluidities:  Between Anthropomorphism and Aniconism"

October 29th, 5:30  List Art Center Rm 110
Bettina Bergmann, Mount Holyoke, Helene Phillips Herzig  '49 Professor of Art History
"Nostalgia, Truth, and the Recreation of a Pompeian House"

November 19th, 5:30 RI Hall Rm 108
Michael Koortbojian, Princeton University,  M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Art and Archaeology
"Pictorial and Sculptural"

2014-2105 Past Events

Evelyn Lincoln, a talk for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies at the Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown Street

Architecture Urbanism and the Humanities Brown/RISD Symposium:  April 24-25, organized by Dietrich Neumann and Laura Briggs. 

Lecture:  Lukasz Stanek , University of Manchester,  Henri Lefebre's " Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment":  Architectural Imagination After May 1968  List Art Building Room 110  4:30p

Vivien Lovell (Modus Operandi), 10:00 RISD Museum, cosponsoredwith Brown VA, RISD Museum, RISD, and the CAC

HIAA Annual Anita Glass Lecture/COLOR LECTURE: Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute) 5:30 pm

 Roundtable, Ali MathwigRun-through, Frick talk. [Title, TBA]

COLOR LECTURE: Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Sorbonne), co-sponsored with French Studies and the Pembroke Center.  Seminar with the Pembroke Fellows and interested students and faculty from HIAA on W, March 18, 10:00-1:00

Roundtable, Sarah Rovang: Run-through of SAH talk. 

Colloquium, Evelyn Lincoln (Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Italian Studies, Brown University), round-table discussion on her new book "Brilliant Discourse:  Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome ", Yale UP, 2014, with Sheila Bonde (Brown, HIAA), Jane Ginsborg (Columbia) and Andrew Raftery (RISD) –  5:30 pm in List Art Center, Room 120.

Roundtable with James Elkins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), lunch seminar with interested graduate students and  faculty 12:00-1:30 [pre-circulated reading].

RoundtablePeter Levins: Run through of NESAH talk 

The Complete Fragment, 2:30 - 3 pm

Thomas Elsaesser (film/architecture historian) lecture

Conference on Lars van Trier at Media Studies/Cogut.

Anne Chen, presentation of current work at the Joukowsky Center Brownbag series, RI Hall, rm.  108

"The Colonial Archive,” Pembroke Center, 305 Pembroke Hall

Natalie Zemon Davis, Itohan Osayimwese, Anna Laura Stoler, Ruth Ben- Ghiat.

Roundtable:   Sheila Bonde, Dig This: A New Chapel at Bourgfontaine

Lyneise Williams (UNC, Chapel Hill), the glamorous one-two punch:  celebrity, masculinity, & boxer, Alfonso Teofilo Brown in early twentieth-century Paris  6:00pm List Art 110

Paula Findlen (Stanford University), “Inventing Medieval Women:  History, Memory, and Forgery in Early Modern Italy,”  5:30, Smith- Buoannno, 106.  The History Department annual Church Lecture. 

COLOR LECTURE:  Michael Taussig (Columbia University, co-sponsored with Anthropology), "What's Magical About Magic Hour’ Now That The World Is Dying?” co-sponsored with Anthro, TAPS, The Cogut Center, and the Woods Fine Art Lecture Fund.

(Friday) 12:00:  With a seminar for interested students and faculty the following day at noon, October 24, in the Anthropology Department.

2013-2014 events

Reception for Visual Art and History of Art and Architecture Graduates and Alumni and David Winton Bell Gallery tour of the 250th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Part 2
FRIDAY, MAY 23rd 6-8p
List Art Building
1st and 2nd Floor Student Galleries
64 College Street, Providence, RI
Alumni, Friends, Graduates and Family welcome

The 2014 Kermit S. Champa Award Recipients are Announced.

Professor Evelyn Lincoln's book, "Brilliant Discourse:  Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome," is published with Yale University Press.

Professor Courtney J. Martin receives a grant from the Danish Art Foundation's International Research Programme.

Professor Dietrich Neumann named US Department of Education Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, April 2014.

Grad Students Take Home Outside Grants!

Emily Handlin named ACLS Dissertation Fellow.

HIAA Congratulates 2014 MA & PhD Graduates!

2014 Anita Glass Lecture: "The Whisperers"

Christopher Wood
Carnegie Professor, History of Art, Yale University
Thursday, March 6, 2014, List Art Center 120, 5:30pm 

"Exit Implies Entries Lament: John Hedjuk's IBA'1984/7 Projects and Immigrant Housing in Berlin"
Esra Akcan
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, List Art Center 110, 5:30pm 

Professor Osayimwese published an article, "Prolegomenon to an alternative genealogy of German modernism: German architects' encounters with world cultures c. 1900," in the Journal of Architecture, Volume 18, Issue 6, 2013. An excerpt from the article is available here.

Professor Dietrich Neumann presented a lecture at the American Academy in Berlin as a Fall 2013 fellow entiled, "Politics and Architecture: Mies van der Rohe in the Context of Weimar Germany". A video recording is available through The American Academy in Berlin. Visit NPR Berlin for an episode of 'The Berlin Journal' featuring an interview with Professor Neumann.

Professor Shiva Balaghi was consulted by the Guardian for their recent article: "Iran's Artists Warn U.S. and European Sanctions are Affecting their Work".

Professor Dietrich Neumann and students launch new iPhone app, Brown FACADES, an interactive guide to the architectural history of the Brown University Campus. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Please refer to the Facebook page, to the Department's announcement, or to Brown's new feature story for further information.

2012-2013 Events

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


2011-2012 Events

Steven Holl Lecture

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

Film Screening
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.


2010-2011 Events

"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

Narratives from the Middle East: The Contemporary Art Collection of the British Museum

Co-Sponsored event: Venetia Porter 

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:00PM

The 2010 Graduate Practicum

Reading Ritual: The Festival Books in the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection

2010-2011 Graduate Symposium: The Human Scale

Bodies, Space, Perception and Interaction

October 15-16, 2010 

2009-2010 Events

Technology Award 

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
Douglas Nickel
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
Salim Tamari 
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 
Hasan Uddin-Khan 
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation
Roger Williams University

The Glamour Factor in the Cities of the Arabian Gulf

April 30

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.

Ipek Tureli 
"Miniature Worlds"
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
Alan Trachtenberg
Neil Gray Jr. Professor Emeritus of English
and American Studies, Yale University 
Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:30 pm List Art Center Room 120