At The Newberry | Jesse Molesworth, On the Orrery

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 30, 2013

From The Newberry:

Jesse Molesworth, Time and the Cosmos: The Orrery in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination
The Newberry Library, Chicago, 23 February 2013

Please join us on Saturday, 23 February 2013, 2-4pm for the Newberry Library Eighteenth-Century Seminar works-in-progress session with Jesse Molesworth of Indiana University, speaking on the orrery in the eighteenth century.

The first modern orrery, a mechanical device presenting the motion of the solar system, was produced in 1704 by the eminent English clockmakers George Graham and Thomas Tompion. Typically driven by a clockwork mechanism and featuring the planets and their moons revolving around the sun, such devices served throughout the eighteenth century as a crucial means of illustrating the new Copernican view of the cosmos. But it is in this capacity that they served the ulterior purpose of demonstrating precisely the smallness of the individual in relation to the vastness of the cosmos. This paper examines the ways in which those living in the eighteenth century—scientists, artists, writers—reckoned with this unwelcome and ultimately terrifying facet of modernity.

A reception will follow the seminar. This program is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Register online at: http://www.newberry.org/renaissance.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago; and organized by Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago; Lisa Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago; John Shanahan, DePaul University; and Helen Thompson, Northwestern University.

Conference | Inter-Culture 1400–1850: Art, Artists, and Migration

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on January 30, 2013

From Liverpool Hope University:

Inter-Culture 1400–1850: Art, Artists, and Migration
Liverpool Hope University, 5-6 April 2013

While major exhibitions, such as Migrations – Journeys into British Art (January – August 2012) at Tate Britain, address the impact of migration on the cultural heritage and artistic production in a particular country, the conference seeks to investigate further this exciting topic by discussing thematically the latest research of international scholars. Instead of focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries and the strong consequences migration caused in modern and postmodern societies, we intend to look back and explore the effects of migration on art and artists in Europe and beyond before, during and shortly after the Industrial Revolution.

Why have artists left their comfort zone, travelled to faraway places and adapted to new living conditions when only very few had a noteworthy impact on local artistic production, such as Hans Holbein the Younger at Henry VIII’s court or El Greco, who is the prime example for intercultural artistic exchange in early modern times? How important was national identity for the artists and also for the reception of their work? What are the differences and parallels between pre- and post-Industrial Revolution migration of artists?

If you would like to register for the conference, please find a registration form on the website www.hope.ac.uk/inter-culture/

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F R I D A Y ,  5  A P R I L  2 0 1 3

8.00  Registration/Refreshments

9.00  Welcome, Professor Kenneth Newport, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Liverpool Hope University)

9.30  Keynote Lecture, Professor Eberhard König (Free University Berlin)

10.15  Guest talk, Tim Batchelor (Tate Britain London, Co-curator of Migrations – Journeys into British Art)

11.00  Coffee Break

11.30  Section 1: Old versus New Society – Artists’ Perceptions

• Anette Schaffer (The Warburg Institute, London), El Greco: Reviewing the Question of Early Modern Artistic Eccentricity

• Stephanie Porras (Tulane University, New Orleans), The Real, Rejected and Virtual Travels of Marten de Vos

• Gitta Ho (Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris), German Art Pupils in Paris, 1793-1843

1.00  Lunch

2.00  Section 2: New Environments and Influences on Artistic Practices

• Silvia Ferreira (University of Lisbon), From Stone to Wood: Claude Laprade and His Journey from Provence to Portugal

• Clemence Matthieu (Clare Hall, Cambridge), Cultures of Exchange: The Architecture of the Low Countries and Southern England in the 16th century

• Matej Klemencic (University of Ljubljana), Venetian Sculptors of the 18th Century in Habsburg Lands: Francesco Robba, Antonio Corradini and Giovanni Marchiori

3.30  Coffee

4.00  Section 3: Cultural Confrontations

• Natasha Eaton (University City of London), Subaltern Colour? Between the Global and the Local in Britain and India

• Jessica David (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven), Johan Zoffany’s Painting Practice in Kolkata and Lucknow: The Technical Exploration of an ad hoc Studio

• Katelyn Crawford (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington), John Greenwood, Portraiture, and Mobility in the British Atlantic, 1752-72

6.30  Conference Dinner

S A T U R D A Y ,  6  A P R I L  2 0 1 3

9.00  Keynote Lecture, Professor Fintan Cullen (University of Nottingham), Migrating Objects: Ireland and Empire

10.00  Section 4: Forced Migration and Its Resistance

• Julia Crispin (University of Münster), French Manuscript Illumination between Propaganda and Pragmatism: The Talbot Workshop in Rouen and Its Patrons during the Last Stages of the Hundred Years’ War

• Frederica Van Dam (Ghent University), Tableau Poetique: A Recently Discovered Manuscript by the Flemish Migrant Painter-Poet Lucas de Heere (1534-84)

• Gerrit Walczak (Technical University Berlin), Mutual Irritations: Migrant Artists in London during the French Revolution

12.00  Visit the Walker Art Gallery

1.00  Lunch

2.30  Section 5: The Returned Artist

• Kathrin Wagner (Liverpool Hope University), Malversation, Escape, Return: The Sculptor Hans Hesse from Luebeck and His Temporary Migration to Dalarna, Sweden, 1457-58

• Fiona V. Salvesen Murrell (University of Aberdeen), The Returned Artist: American Lessons Learned: Shaping the New Scottish Academy from 1826

• Laura MacCulloch (Royal Holloway, University of London), Revaluating the Outsider: Ford Madox Brown and Cultural Dialogues in mid-19th-century Europe

3.30  Coffee

4.00  Final Remarks

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