Conference | The Enlightened Gaze in Eighteenth-Century Russia

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 26, 2013

From the symposium program:

The Enlightened Gaze: Gender, Power, and Visual Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia
Georgia Museum of Art, The University of Georgia at Athens, 1–2 November 2013


Round Box with Catherine II as Minerva, Paris, 1781–82, gold
verre eglomisé, 7.3 cm (Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens)

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Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great, Georgia Museum of Art (21 September 2013 – 5 January 2014). This exhibition’s assembly of imperial portraits, liturgical vessels, icons, books, and dinnerware provides insight into Russian visual culture from the second half of the eighteenth century and illustrates the complex dynamic between the collecting of historical art and the commissioning of new works of art.  Friday evening’s lecture and all sessions of the symposium are open to the public and will take place at the M. Smith-Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602.

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F R I D A Y ,  1  N O V E M B E R  2 0 1 3

6:00  The Shouky Shaheen Lecture by Priscilla Roosevelt (Princeton), “Serfdom and Splendor: The World of the Russian Country Estate”

7:00  Reception at the Georgia Museum of Art

S A T U R D A Y ,  2  N O V E M B E R  2 0 1 3

8:00  Coffee and pastries

8:30  Opening remarks by William U. Eiland

9:00  Session One: Gender and Power in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Presenter and moderator, Alisa Luxenberg (UGA, School of Art)

• Marcus Levitt (University of South California), “On Catherine’s Greatness”

• Michael Yonan (University of Missouri), “How to Be an Empress in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Maria Theresa of Austria and Catherine the Great Compared”

• Emily Everhart (UGA, School of Art), “Enduring Friendship: The Legacy of the Marquise de Pompadour at the Château de Bellevue”

10:30  Coffee break

11:00  Session Two: Verbal and Pictorial Texts

Presenter and moderator, Priscilla Roosevelt

• Jennifer Palmer (UGA, Department of History), “Picturing Slavery in the Eighteenth Century”

• Elizaveta Renne (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), “A ‘Toy’ Castle: The Whim of an Ambitious Owner, Chesme Palace and Its Portrait Gallery”

• Edward Kasinec (Columbia University, Harriman Institute), “Two ‘Royal Doors’ from the Reign of Catherine the Great and Their Twentieth-Century Fate”

12:30  Discussion

1:00  Lunch and gallery tour

2:30  Session Three: Intentions and Happy Accidents: The Total Design Environment

Presenter and moderator, Shelley Zuraw (UGA, School of Art)

• Mimi Hellman (Skidmore College), “Lost in Decoration: Thoughts on Intentionality and Visuality in Eighteenth-Century Interiors”

• Asen Kirin (UGA, School of Art), “The Guiding Gaze of the Enlightened Empress: The Architecture of Lookout Spaces”

3:30  Coffee break

4:00  Session Four: The Attitudes to Byzantium after Catherine II

Presenter and moderator, Kristen Regina

• Yuri Saveliev (The Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow), “The Byzantine Idea in the Imperial Patronage of Russian Architecture”

• Yuri Pyatnitski (State Hermitage. St. Petersburg), “The Shadow of Byzantium Over Nineteenth= and Twentieth-Century Russia: A Historical-Mythological Paradox”

5:00  Discussion

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