Revisiting the Gaze

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 16, 2009

The Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Group at CUNY invites you to a talk at the Graduate Center in New York on Friday, 20 November 2009 at 2pm:

Rivka Swenson, Assistant Professor of English (Virginia Commonwealth University),
‘The Eye, in this Respect, is a Female’: Subjects, Objects, and the Eighteenth-Century Gaze
5414, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Yinka Shonibare in DC

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions, today in light of the 18th century by Editor on November 16, 2009

Yinka Shonibare, MBE
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., 10 November 2009 — 7 March 2010

Curated by Rachel Kent


Yinka Shonibare, "The Swing (After Fragonard)," 2001


Jean-Honoré Fragonard, "The Swing," 1767 (London: Wallace Collection)

This morning on NPR’s Morning Edition, Susan Stamberg profiled the Yinka Shonibare exhibition now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (it was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney). Writing in The New York Times (17 June 2009) of the show when it was at the Brooklyn Museum this past summer, Deborah Sontag described Shonibare as an “erudite and wide-ranging” artist, whom


Rachel Kent

at 47, is a senior figure in the British art world but one who intentionally eludes easy categorization. A disabled black artist who continuously challenges assumptions and stereotypes — “That’s the point of my work really,” he said — Mr. Shonibare makes art that is sumptuously aesthetic and often wickedly funny. When he deals with pithy matters like race, class, disability, colonialism and war, he does so deftly and often indirectly. “I don’t produce propaganda art,” he said. “I’m more interested in the poetic than the didactic.”

While many of the works address contemporary issues through Victorian conventions, there are intriguing eighteenth-century references, too — including this reworking of Fragonard’s Swing.

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Call for Papers: Scottish Studies Conference

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 16, 2009

Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, 24-27 June 2010

Proposals Due by 15 December 2009

The Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS) is seeking proposals for 20-minute papers or complete panels for its annual conference, which will be held at the Princeton Theological Seminary from 24-27 June 2010. This year’s topic is Reid, Cullen and Smith: The Science of Mind and Body in the Scottish Enlightenment; but, as always, the society is happy to receive proposals on all things pertaining to the Scottish eighteenth century, even if they don’t directly address the conference theme. Please send abstracts for papers or complete panels by December 15, 2009 to Richard Sher by email (rbsher6@gmail.com) or by mail to the address following:

Richard B. Sher
Exec. Secretary, ECSSS
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982 USA

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